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The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This accessible textbook introduces key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments. The book provides a well-structured guide to methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit contemporary psychological research. A number of chapters are also explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The internationally respected contributors steer the reader through the main stag
Chapter 9: Co-Operative Inquiry
Orthodox scientific approaches to research honour participation neither as a way of knowing nor as a political system. They use a divisive epistemology that separates the knower from the known, and an authoritarian political system in which researchers make all decisions about content, methodology and findings so that their subjects are treated as passive objects of observation. Since scientific research is such a powerful force in our lives it is shocking that its techniques largely ignore the epistemological and political significance of participation.
Co-operative inquiry is one of several methodologies which emphasize participation (Reason, 1988; Reason, 1994a; Reason and Rowan, 1981a). Feminist research asserts the need for research to honour women's experience and explore it from the inside, often by the adoption of ...