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From Positivism to Interpretivism and Beyond: Tales of Transformation in Educational and Social Research


reviewed by Norman K. Denzin 1998

coverTitle: From Positivism to Interpretivism and Beyond: Tales of Transformation in Educational and Social Research
Author(s): Louis Heshusius, Keith Ballard
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807735345, Pages: , Year: 1996
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The eleven contributors to From Positivism to Interpretivism and Beyond tell an important story. This is the personal, emotional story of how each writer moved from a positivist to an interpretive, qualitative approach to research. The contributors (Anglin, Ballard, Dudley-Marling, Gallagher, Guba, Heshusius, Israelite, Poplin, Rhodes, Schwandt, and Smith) are established education scholars. They were all trained in a positivist (and behaviorist) set of beliefs. Each rejected that training at some point in his or her career. Editors Heshusius and Ballard invited these scholars to tell their story. In every case this epistemological shift was accomplished only after great risk, discomfort, fear, and criticism. Guba, for example was charged with introducing a major schism into the profession, and Schwandt reports feeling embarrassed, frustrated, and angry after making presentations to positivist audiences. This important book has three major sections: the editor’s Preface; Chapter 2, with eleven stories of inner change, and Chapter 3, in which the same authors reflect on each other’s stories and say what they "wish the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 3, 1998, p. 594-596
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10278, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 2:56:30 AM

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