n Education as Change - "Don't kill the messenger" : hermeneutics and the assessment of qualitative research

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Lacking adequate criteria by which to judge qualitative research as trustworthy, South Africans often grab at the concept of rigour, defined variously as "logical accuracy or exactitude". In so doing, they are guilty of naïve realism, that is an over reliance on sense data and, in his / her education, on the memorization of facts at the expense of critical analysis. To replace it the author argues to a hermeneutic approach to research, based on circular relationships of previous to new understanding, theory to practice, and text to context.


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