SOLUTIONS TO THE PARADIGM CONFLICT:: Coping with Uncertainty

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Abstract

Conflict between the quantitative and qualitative inquiry paradigms is ineluctable. Six solutions for resolving the conflict—denial, co-optation, supremacy, replacement, primacy of method, and anarchism—are reviewed and found wanting. In this article I propose that inquirers must choose an inquiry paradigm that is resonant with the values they wish to promote in the conduct of educational inquiry. I defend this modest proposal by examining the values expressed in inquiry paradigms and explain how one chooses an inquiry paradigm to achieve a state of value fit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-407
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Contemporary Ethnography
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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