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Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development serves as a step-by-step, interdisciplinary, qualitative methods text for those working in the areas of family studies, human development, family therapy, and family social work. Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry J. Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.
Chapter 1: Qualitative Research and the Art of Learning to See
Qualitative Research and the Art of Learning to See
When we do scientific research, we strive for reasoned explanation, representational accuracy, and certainty. When we do art, we strive for arousal, vividness, and interpretive creativity. When we do qualitative research, we do science and art.
Although we uphold a tradition of keeping art and science separate, my starting point for this book is that art and science are inseparable when we do qualitative research. The aim of this book is to open pathways for readers to become good qualitative researchers. In order to get there, I believe it is as important to be creative as it is to be analytical, to be passionate as well as reasoned, to ...