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Qualitative Methods in Adult Development and Learning

Jae Hoon Lim

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736300.013.0020

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Qualitative Methods in Adult Development and Learning

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This chapter reviews four major qualitative research methods—case study, grounded theory, generic qualitative research, and auto/biography/narrative research—frequently utilized in research on adult development and learning and examines their underlying assumptions in relation to two contrasting theoretical frameworks: post-positivism/critical realism and interpretivism. The author explicates the distinctive features of each theoretical tradition and its ramifications in current methodological practices. The author acknowledges that the existence of multiple theoretical traditions, which are often incompatible with one another, would provide a dynamic context for enriched research endeavors and discussion in the emerging field of adult development and learning.

Keywords: qualitative research methods; epistemology; validity; case study; grounded theory; generic qualitative research; auto/biography; narrative research

Article.  13877 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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