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.

Universal applications of heuristic inquiry: Bridging research and living experience

Universal applications of heuristic inquiry: Bridging research and living experience

One must—as in a swimming pool—dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again—laughing and fighting for breath—to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.

~ Franz Kafka

Questions for Reflection

  • To which disciplines and professional settings is heuristic inquiry most applicable as a formal research methodology?
  • How can heuristic inquiry be applied as an informal approach for researching the essential nature of human phenomena?

Oh, Kafka! He speaks of the exploration of human experience as though he knew of heuristic inquiry prior to its nascence. Then again, many of us tacitly know how to explore heuristicallyhow to immerse ourselves within the depths of our ...

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