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.

Cultures of Inquiry and Research Traditions

Cultures of inquiry and research traditions

In Chapter 1, we pointed out that a major source of confusion and overload in the human and social sciences today is the proliferation and overlap of disciplines, philosophical orientations, theories, methods, research traditions, and so on within which a researcher must situate herself and among which she must choose.

Disciplines, Cultures of Inquiry, Theories, Methods, and Techniques

Inquiry in the social sciences takes place at the intersection of disciplines, cultures of inquiry, theories, methods, and techniques. A discipline is an established field of social sciences knowledge that has, over time, developed standing and recognition within the academic community and the world at large. Until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, universities were divided into ...

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