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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.

Paths of Inquiry for Qualitative Research
Paths of inquiry for qualitative research

The epistemological assumptions associated with each of the paradigms have implications for how qualitative researchers conduct their inquiry. Of particular importance here are how we begin the process of inquiry, how we develop explanation through this process, and how we formulate outcomes for this process. In the tradition of scientific inquiry, this process has been described in several different forms: deduction, induction, and abduction. Although qualitative research is often most closely aligned with induction, I would argue that all three approaches influence the paths of inquiry.

How we think about theory is central to a discussion of paths of inquiry. In deductive approaches, theory is usually the starting point, whereas in inductive approaches, theory is ...

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