Paradigm Dialog

ISBN-10: 0803938233

ISBN-13: 9780803938236

Edition: 1990

Authors: Egon G. Guba
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Description: "The contributors and editor of this work are to be commended for their successful efforts in delineating many of the concerns current within education and in calling for frank debate on these issues by all interested parties. Furthermore, they have stimulated good scholarship by readily admitting to the current state of affairs being one of more questions than answers and more confusion than clarity. They thus remind us that the search for knowledge is one fraught with conflict in a public arena. "The appropriate audience for this volume is assessed to be the reader who derives satisfaction from critical thinking. It would be appropriate for graduate students in education, human services, social sciences, or theology, or any person committed to the endeavor and process of education. "The Paradigm Dialog is one of those rare books that simultaneously stretches the mind while projecting one into self-reflection. For the applied practitioner, whether teacher, counselor, or consultant, the possibility of gaining further insight into the underlying assumptions which constrain one's pedagogy or practice is highly possible upon a critical reading." --The Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling Is scientific positivism, long the reigning paradigm for research in the social sciences, the "best way" to conduct social research? This is the central question examined in The Paradigm Dialog. Recently three key challengers have appeared--postpositivism, critical theory, and constructivism. All three offer researchers new methodological approaches, and all three present fundamental questions that must be addressed. Can research be conducted between paradigms? Are they equally useful in answering questions of applied research? What constitutes good, or ethical, research in each? In this volume, these and other significant questions are examined by a multidisciplinary group of leading figures in qualitative research. Not surprisingly, there is no agreement on the "best" paradigm question, but the dialog offered in this compelling volume deftly explores important issues in selecting the proper paradigm for tackling a variety of research questions. With a group of contributors that reads like a veritable who's who in qualitative research, The Paradigm Dialog is a must for anyone conducting research in the social sciences.

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452

Foreword
Setting The Stage
The Alternative Paradigm Dialog
Points of View
Postpositivistic Science
Myths and Realities
Whose Future? Whose Past? Notes on Critical Theory and Methodology
The Making of a Constructivist
A Remembrance of Transformations Past
The Meaning of Alternative Paradigms for Practice
The Need for Dialog: Issues and Interpretations
Introduction
Accomodation
Accommodation
Toward a Paradigm-Praxis Dialectic
Social Accomodation
Toward a Dialogical Discourse in Educational Inquiry
Discussion on Accommodation
Ethics
Ethics, Field Studies and the Paradigm Crisis
An Ethics of Qualitative Field Studies
Discussion on Ethics
Goodness Criteria
Alternative Research Paradigms and the Problem of Criteria
Goodness Criteria
Are They Objective Realities or Judgment Calls?
Discussion on Criteria
Implementation
Toward a Dialog about Implementation Within a Conceptual Cycle of Inquiry
Peering at Paradigms Through the Prism of Practice Improvement
Discussion on Implementation
Knowledge Accumulation
Three Views on the Nature and Role of Knowledge in Social Science
Emergent Paradigms. How New? How Necessary?
Discussion on Knowledge Accumulation
Methodology
Paths to Inquiry in the Social Disciplines
Scientific, Constructivist and Critical Theory Methodologies
Ruminations on Methodology
Of Truth and Significance
Discussion on Methodology
Training
So-Called Training in the So-Called Alternative Paradigm
A Response to So-Called Training in the So-Called Alternative Paradigm
Reactions to the Dark Half
Discussion on Training
Values
Reinscribing Otherwise
The Play of Values in the Practices of the Human Sciences
Show and Tell
A Response to the Value Issue in Alternative Paradigms for Inquiry
Discussion on Values
Summation and Projection
Introduction
A Postnote
Tales from the Rear
Next Steps
The Auditors' Report
Carrying on the Dialog
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