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Chapter 3 | Research Design and Methodology


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Research Design and Methodology

In heuristic methodology one seeks to obtain qualitative depictions that are at the heart and depths of a person's experience—depictions of situations, events, conversations, relationships, feelings, thoughts, values, and beliefs. A heuristic quest enables the investigator to collect “excerpts or entire passages from documents, correspondence, records and case histories” (Patton, 1986, p. 187). The researcher gathers detailed descriptions, direct quotations, and ...

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