One of the downsides of working in the objectivist

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One of the downsides of working in the objectivist / positivist / quantitative tradition (the one I'm more familiar with!) is that it limits the types of things you can look at to just what can be controlled and measured. There's lots of things, both in the social sciences and the "hard" sciences, that simply can't be examined quantitatively because they resist control or have too many interacting variables. XXX 15:58, 10 May 2008 (PDT) One weakness of contructivist/qualitative tradition, in my perspective, is the analysis of the qualitative research data is more easily influenced by the researchers' personal bias and epistemological beliefs. Another problem is that data collected in the qualitative research is difficult to be analyzed and quantitatively predicted. It might also be possible the research outcomes are not generalized enough to be applied to a larger group of population than the groups in the research.YYY 16:18, 11 May 2008 (PDT) Epistemology Personified Image Sources: ; ; Objectivism Subjectivism Constructionism The Miner The Traveler The Activist Meaning exists in the world Meaning comes from our interactions with the world We impose meaning on the world Contrasting the Approaches Objectivism Construct- ionsim Subjectivism Goal: Explanation Exploration Empowerment Looking for: Truth Understanding Progress Subjectivity: Error Embrace Multiple Perspectives Specific Perspective Look at: States (static) , Pieces Processes (active), Whole Processes (active), Whole Design is: Pre-planned Emergent Emergent Logic: Causal, “hard” Constraining Factors, “Soft” Constraining Factors, “Soft” Extrapolation: Generalization (given representative sampling) Lessons learned, “petite generalizations” Lessons learned, “petite generalizations” Kinds of Questions “Does…” “What…” “How…” “How…”
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1/03/2017 8 Tradition Assumptions & Implications Objectivism Constructionism Subjectivism Assumptions Looking for truth Subjectivity = error Look at the pieces Design is pre-planned Hard logic Want generalization Looking for understanding Embrace multi perspectives Look at the whole Design is emergent “Soft” logic Lessons learned / petite generalizations Looking for progress Often has a specific persp. Look at the whole Design is emergent “Soft” logic Lessons learned / petite generalizations How Epistemology Drives the Research Process Epistemology Research Approach Topic / Problem Methodology Data Collection Knowledge Claims Data Analysis Research Questions using the logic of answer Examples of Approaches in Each Epistemology Objectivism Postivism Post-positivism Experiment Correlational Studies Survey Research Constructionism Phenomenology Hermenuetics Ethnography Grounded Theory Case Study Subjectivism Post-modernist Structuralist Post-structuralist Critical Inquiry
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1/03/2017 9 Constructionist Ethnography Objectivist Ethnography Objectivist Ethnography
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1/03/2017 10 Of Course It’s Not Really that Simple… Objectivism Subjectivism Constructionism Experiment Phenomenology Survey Research Case Study Ethnography Feminist Research Critical Inquiry Questionnaires Documents Observation
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