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.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Heuristic Inquiry

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Heuristic Inquiry

Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.

~ Baruch Spinoza

Questions for Reflection

  • What is empiricism, and what is its value?
  • What biases do I hold about empiricism and its role in qualitative research?
  • Why do we learn about theory before conducting research?
  • What are my thoughts about how we gain knowledge? What personal experiences, values, attitudes, biases, and beliefs have informed my philosophy of knowledge acquisition? What are some ways by which I, personally, acquire knowledge?

This quote from Spinoza invites us to release our rigid grip on certainty and instead surrender to what resonates within us, implicitly. Yet how do we ...

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