Chapter 12 Interpretive Research - Coggle Diagram
Chapter 12 Interpretive Research
Interpretive research "often used loosely and synonymously with "qualitative research" although the two concepts are quite different. An idea based on the assumption that social reality is not singular or objective, but rather shaped by human experiences and social contexts."
Interpretive Research tends to rely heavily on qualitative data, quantitative data may add more precision and clearer understanding of the phenomenon of interest than qualitative data.
Rooted in anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, and semiotics, long before positivist techniques were developed.
Distinctions from Positivist Research
Benefits of Interpretive Research
1 Strength is they are well-suited for exploring hidden reasons behind complex, interrelated, or multifaceted social processes.
Strength they are often helpful for theory construction in areas with no or insuffient a priori theory
Challenges of Interpretive Research
This is more time and resource intensive than positivist research in data collection and analytic efforts.
Requires well-trained researchers who are capable of seeing nd interpreting complex social phenomenon from the perspectives oi\f the embedded participants and reconciling the diverse perspectives of these participants.
All participants or data sources may not be equally credible, unbiased, or knowledgably about the phenomenon
Interpretive Data Collection: uses a various of techniques such as Interviews, Observation, and Documentation.
Interpretive Research Designs are: Case Research, Action Research, Ethnography, Phenomenology
Ethnography a research method derived largely from thee field of anthropology, emphasizes studying a phenomenon within the context of its culture.
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Action Research is a qualitative but positivist research design aimed at theory testing rather than theory building.
Phenomenology is a research method that emphasizes the study of conscious experiences as a way of understanding the reality around us.
They are appropriate for studying context-specific, unique, or idiosyncratic events or process.
This can uncover interesting and relevant research questions and issues for follow-up research.
Interpretive Analysis is holistic and contextual, rather than being reductionist and isolationist.
The role of the researcher receives critical attention in interpretive research
Data Collection and Analysis can proceed simultaneously and iteratively in interpretive research.
Interpretive research employs a theoretical sampling strategy, where study sites, respondents, or cases are selected based on theoretical considerations such as whether they fit the phenomenon.