Essay on A Research Study On Qualitative Research

1335 Words Jan 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Qualitative research encompasses a variety of methodologies that normally begin with a frame of reference or that are guided by philosophical assumptions that “inform the conduct and writing of the qualitative study.”1 In the text Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Traditions, John W. Creswell provides five philosophical assumptions that lead to the choice behind qualitative research: ontology, epistemology, axiology, rhetorical, and methodological assumptions.2 These assumptions cover a range of questions that drive the researcher and influence the research. Assumptions essentially shape the research and add perspective to the outcomes of the final study. Paradigms or worldviews brought to the research by those performing qualitative studies can come from interpretive communities. These communities have “distinct bodies of literature and unique issues of discussion.”3 Creswell mentions several interpretive communities that may impact the perspective in a qualitative research study, such as postmodernism, feminism, critical theory, critical race theory, queer theory and disability theories. These interpretive positions provide a subjective lens with which to view qualitative research projects, feature views on subjects relating to those who are disadvantaged and speak to “inequities in our society.” 4 With regard to postmodernism, critical theory and feminism, many within the Intelligence Community (IC) might find little, if any,…

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