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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.

Methodology: Links among Ontological Assumptions, Theory, and forms of Inquiry
Methodology: Links among ontological assumptions, theory, and forms of inquiry

The terms methodology and method are often used interchangeably in discussions of research practice. On some occasions, method is treated as an abbreviation of methodology. There are, however, important distinctions to be made between these terms that have implications for how we plan and carry out our research activities.

Methodology is defined in the Oxford dictionary as the science of method (Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1990). Tempting as it is to fall into a tautological abyss with such a definition, we can maintain a steady posture if we take seriously the relationship of the terms as they are given in the definition. To speak about ...

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