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The Paradigm Dialog

The Paradigm Dialog

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October 1990 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"The contributors and editor of this work are to be commended for their successful efforts in delineating many of the concerns current within education and in calling for frank debate on these issues by all interested parties. Furthermore, they have stimulated good scholarship by readily admitting to the current state of affairs being one of more questions than answers and more confusion than clarity. They thus remind us that the search for knowledge is one fraught with conflict in a public arena. "The appropriate audience for this volume is assessed to be the reader who derives satisfaction from critical thinking. It would be appropriate for graduate students in education, human services, social sciences, or theology, or any person committed to the endeavor and process of education. "The Paradigm Dialog is one of those rare books that simultaneously stretches the mind while projecting one into self-reflection. For the applied practitioner, whether teacher, counselor, or consultant, the possibility of gaining further insight into the underlying assumptions which constrain one's pedagogy or practice is highly possible upon a critical reading." --The Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling 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 challengers have appeared--postpositivism, 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? In this volume, these and other significant questions are examined by a multidisciplinary group of leading figures in qualitative research. Not surprisingly, there is no agreement on the "best" paradigm question, but the dialog offered in this compelling volume deftly explores important issues in selecting the proper paradigm for tackling a variety of research questions. With a group of contributors that reads like a veritable who's who in qualitative research, The Paradigm Dialog is a must for anyone conducting research in the social sciences.

Egon G Guba
The Alternative Paradigm Dialog
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
Egon G Guba
William A Firestone
Toward a Paradigm-Praxis Dialectic

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

Ann Austin
Discussion on Accommodation
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
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
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
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
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
Egon G Guba
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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