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Naturalistic Inquiry


reviewed by Robert Donmoyer 1987

coverTitle: Naturalistic Inquiry
Author(s): Yvonna S. Lincoln, Egon G. Guba
Publisher: Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 0803924313, Pages: , Year: 1985
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Naturalistic Inquiry by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba is really two books in one. Half of the book focuses on research methodology: Procedures for doing what Lincoln and Guba call naturalistic inquiry and what others have called qualitative, ethnographic, or field research are detailed. Lincoln and Guba’s version of naturalistic or qualitative methodology emphasizes avoiding the use of any social science constructs, reporting only interpretations consistent with the interpretations of the researchers’ subjects, avoiding simple cause/effect analysis, avoiding anything resembling experimental manipulation, using the human being as a study’s primary research instrument, and engaging in single-case rather than multiple-site studies. The other half of Naturalistic Inquiry provides a tour of contemporary epistemology. Lincoln and Guba discuss such issues as: Is it appropriate to think of social phenomena in terms of cause and effect? Is it possible to create knowledge that will generalize from one context to another? Can we... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 3, 1987, p. 470-474
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 642, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 12:46:53 PM

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