KEY FEATURES: The book’s readability and accessibility make it a perfect fit for graduate level qualitative research courses across disciplines in the social sciences, education, and health professions, as well as a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners. Exercises, figures, tables, and other pedagogical features allow for higher engagement with the content/methodology, and enhanced comprehension and retention. Explanations and examples offer different perspectives that allow for higher accessibility and multiple approaches to understanding the content and/or applying the methodology. Questions for Reflection offer readers an opportunity to personally engage with the content and negotiate their own perspective before conducting research.

Ethics of Heuristic Research

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

~ Dr. Seuss

Questions for Reflection

  • What is the value of ethics in heuristic inquiry?
  • How might you address a research-related ethical dilemma?
  • What measures can you take to protect your well-being during a heuristic study, and what makes self-care important?

Heuristic inquiry is the exploratory study of the essential nature of a personal human phenomenon that is potentially universal. In that respect, it is rife with personal human experience. Therein lies its beauty. Therein, too, lies its challenge! Every heuristic study emerges from the primary researcher’s autobiographical experience with the topic of inquiry. Unlike in other research traditions, a high level of personal interest, familiarity, and involvement on the ...

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