This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

Mindful Inquiry as the Basis for Scholarly Practice

Mindful inquiry as the basis for scholarly practice

Persons engage in social research primarily to answer questions or solve problems. These may be problems at home, at work, or in the community, or things that seem to be problems or questions in themselves. The vast majority of students of the social and human sciences will not become professors or pure researchers. They are interested in knowledge they can put into practice. Scholar-practitioners increasingly must also be able to navigate the vast network of available information, selecting what is essential and most helpful to maintain and enhance their lifeworlds. In addition, scholar-practitioners must be “knowledge brokers,” able to help their colleagues and students evaluate, select, and build viable and ...

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