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The Paradigm Dialog

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November 1990 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Is scientific positivism, long the reigning paradigm for research in the social sciences, the `best way' to conduct social research? This is the central question examined in The Paradigm Dialog. Recently three key challenges have appeared - positivism, critical theory and constructivism. All three offer researchers new methodological approaches and all three present fundamental questions that must be addressed. Can research be conducted between paradigms? Are they equally useful in answering questions of applied research? What constitutes good or ethical research in each? These and other significant questions are examined by a multidisciplinary group of leading figures in qualitative research.
Egon G Guba
Foreword
 
PART ONE: SETTING THE STAGE
 
The Alternative Paradigm Dialog
 
PART TWO: POINTS OF VIEW
Denis C Phillips
Postpositivistic Science
Myths and Realities

 
Thomas S Popkewitz
Whose Future? Whose Past? Notes on Critical Theory and Methodology
Yvonna S Lincoln
The Making of a Constructivist
A Remembrance of Transformations Past

 
Elliot W Eisner
The Meaning of Alternative Paradigms for Practice
 
PART THREE: THE NEED FOR DIALOG: ISSUES AND INTERPRETATIONS
Egon G Guba
Introduction
 
Accomodation
William A Firestone
Accommodation
Toward a Paradigm-Praxis Dialectic

 
Thomas M Skrtic
Social Accomodation
Toward a Dialogical Discourse in Educational Inquiry

 
Ann Austin
Discussion on Accommodation
 
Ethics
Louis M Smith
Ethics, Field Studies and the Paradigm Crisis
Ernest R House
An Ethics of Qualitative Field Studies
Thomas Gregory
Discussion on Ethics
 
Goodness Criteria
John K Smith
Alternative Research Paradigms and the Problem of Criteria
Catherine Marshall
Goodness Criteria
Are They Objective Realities or Judgment Calls?

 
Lois Heshusius
Discussion on Criteria
 
Implementation
Judith L Green and Susanne Chandler
Toward a Dialog about Implementation Within a Conceptual Cycle of Inquiry
David P Crandall
Peering at Paradigms Through the Prism of Practice Improvement
Corinne Glesne
Discussion on Implementation
 
Knowledge Accumulation
Jennifer C Greene
Three Views on the Nature and Role of Knowledge in Social Science
Margaret D LeCompte
Emergent Paradigms. How New? How Necessary?
Judith Preissle Goetz
Discussion on Knowledge Accumulation
 
Methodology
Thomas R Schwandt
Paths to Inquiry in the Social Disciplines
Scientific, Constructivist and Critical Theory Methodologies

 
Gail McCutcheon
Ruminations on Methodology
Of Truth and Significance

 
Marion Lundy Dobbert
Discussion on Methodology
 
Training
Shulamit Reinharz
So-Called Training in the So-Called Alternative Paradigm
Jeri R Nowakowski
A Response to So-Called Training in the So-Called Alternative Paradigm
Reactions to the Dark Half

 
Judy Barford
Discussion on Training
 
Values
Patti A Lather
Reinscribing Otherwise
The Play of Values in the Practices of the Human Sciences

 
Madeleine Grumet
Show and Tell
A Response to the Value Issue in Alternative Paradigms for Inquiry

 
John P Beck
Discussion on Values
 
PART FOUR: SUMMATION AND PROJECTION
Egon G Guba
Introduction
Alan Peshkin
A Postnote
Tales from the Rear

 
Harbans S Bhola
Next Steps
The Auditors' Report

 
Egon G Guba
Carrying on the Dialog

An invaluable text to introduce the researcher to the complexities if the paradigm world!

Mrs Susan Ramsdale
Nursing , Univ. of Central Lancashire
September 20, 2014

This will be placed on my essential reading list. It helped me through my MSc in practitioner research and so I am confident that it will be a valued learning tool for others, as it will allow them to unlock some of the key concepts in the researching world.

Mrs Maxine Cromar-Hayes
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
June 2, 2014

This book brings a refreshing honesty to to research paradigms and brilliantly negotiates the conflicts within and around qualitative research.

Mrs Rachel Harrison
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
March 28, 2014

The book makes high level reading but provides an excellent overview of competing research philosophies. For a PhD student I would suggest this book should be high on the list of reading during the research design phase of your study. The text will help you differenciate between the competing philosophies of knowledge which must be examined in this core chapter.

Mr Anthony Higham
Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University
November 22, 2012

This book will support some of our trainees who wish to fully explore the approaches they are taking in their masters level research.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
May 14, 2012

This remains one of the great texts with regards to understanding the discourse on paradigms, their existence, constitution, value or not.

Mr Wulf Livingston
Health and Social Care, Glyndwr University
December 19, 2011

This book is just fantastic. The articles that are included are written by some of the best academics in the subject field. Guba's introduction is methodical and clearly establishes what the reader can expect from the articles included.

Ms Claudia Bordogna
Dept of Transport and Logistics, Huddersfield University
December 13, 2011

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