Overcoming Challenges in Teaching Qualitative Methods – an attempt to make human science research more digestible

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Overcoming Challenges in Teaching Qualitative Methods – an attempt to make human science research more digestible
Author(s) Stoltz, Peter ; Willman, Ania
Date 2006
English abstract
As regards qualitative methods, facilitating the teaching-learning process remains a vital challenge for educators today, thereby making human science research accessible for students at all university levels. In paving the way towards a deepened understanding of the human science paradigm, its boundaries, sensitivity, potentials and “spirit” students may experience themselves at a loss by the complexity of understanding, or doing, a project underpinned by qualitative methods. These challenges may be due to the predominance of the natural science perspective from early school years and onwards. Moreover, research methods derived from the human science paradigm are well anchored in western philosophy, hence basic knowledge in western philosophy is inevitable but an uphill climb for some students. Learning about qualitative methods does not seldom involve a change in students’ ways of thinking about research. A fundamental understanding of the human science paradigm, is a prerequisite that may have potential to seriously influence qualitative research production as well as research utilization improvements. At all events, it is not without relevance for qualitative methods that educators are able to arm students with no less than a common denominator of what they at least should know in order to fruitfully read results from, or better yet, be able to design a project where qualitative methods are involved. This presentation report on scholarly work combined with experience based knowledge from research, teaching-learning processes as well as didactic examples of ways for paving the way towards a deepened understanding of the human science paradigm. A phenomenological hermeneutic research method based on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur is used as the case in point.
Publisher IIQM Conference Advances in Qualitative Methods 2006
Pages Oral presentation
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3149 (link to this page)

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