oa Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) - Getting to the bottom of the well : the value of qualitative research into teaching and learning
|Article Title||Getting to the bottom of the well : the value of qualitative research into teaching and learning|
|© Publisher:||Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning|
|Journal||Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL)|
|Affiliations||1 University of Wolverhampton, UK|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||123 - 136|
|Keyword(s)||Cultures of inquiry, Humanities, Interpretivism, Method, Qualitative research and Science|
Qualitative researchers are often compelled to defend their methods and associated underpinning philosophy to researchers from other cultures of inquiry. This is particularly so where academics from a variety of disciplines are undertaking research into teaching and learning from a non-social scientific background. This article examines how we might best mount a defence of the qualitative tradition for teaching and learning research through the identification of: a) the commonalities between quantitative and qualitative research approaches; b) the relation between qualitative research and the humanities; and c) the distinctiveness of qualitative research. In discussing these issues I address reservations often expressed by those who are sceptical of the value of qualitative research, proposing that a fruitful way of explicating this value is to draw attention to affinities across cultures of inquiry.
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