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.

What Is Heuristic Inquiry, Anyway?

What in your life is calling you,

When all the noise is silenced,

The meetings adjourned,

The lists laid aside,

And the wild iris blooms

By itself

In the dark forest …

What still pulls on your soul?

~ Jalaluddin Rumi

Questions for Reflection

  • Why do I research human experience?
  • What is my role as a heuristic researcher?
  • What tools can heuristic inquiry offer me and my research needs?

At first glance, the words of Rumi appear as a question. Yet as we dwell with the essence of the words, we find, held within them, both an inquiry and a most tantalizing invitation to self-reflection, self-discovery, and self-transformation. Such is the domain of heuristic inquiry, which summons us to linger in silence and solitude, even as we are magnetized by the ...

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