Engaged Scholarship and Critical Realism

Jeffrey Longhofer, Jerry Floersch and Janet Hoy

in Qualitative Methods for Practice Research

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398472
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979325 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Engaged Scholarship and Critical Realism

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Critical realism is a philosophy of social science that uniquely frames practice problems within complex open systems. Practitioners are discouraged from research that attempts to predict outcomes by carefully controlling variables, a type of research called variables-based research. Qualitative research is also uniquely formulated to conduct open system research. The chapter defines the basic concepts of a critical realist philosophy. Engaged scholarship as a research approach is explicated and integrated within a critical realist framework. Open practice systems create phenomenological practice gaps and practitioners are encouraged to identify gaps, organize qualitative research projects, and conduct research that is informed by critical realism.

Keywords: critical realism; stratified reality; variables-based research; phenomenological practice gaps; open system research

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