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Subjectivism in Social Science Research

Subjectivism is a word that has many different meanings. And it depends on the context in which you use it. In real world every human being is a subject and hence has his/her own subjectivity. This subjectivity is dependent on the perceptions, understandings, feelings, and experiences of the subject. No two persons can have similar opinions, feelings, or perceptions. In …

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Research Paradigm and Nature of Reality

What is the relationship between research paradigm and the nature of reality, values, and beliefs? A research paradigm can only be understood if we know about the values and beliefs that make it. These values and beliefs give way to a methodology that help us solve world problems. These values and beliefs also form a shared world view that is …

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Quantitative and Qualitative Paradigms of Research

Quantitative and qualitative paradigms of research form two different ways of looking at the world’s phenomenon. And hence, they form two different ways to solve the problem. For example, an empirical research question can follow a positivism paradigm. On the other hand, interpretivism or post-positivism present the solution to a social reality. The three major paradigms include, positivism, interpretivism, and …

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How to Select a Research Paradigm?

selection of a research paradigm

How to select a research paradigm for your research study? Selecting a research paradigm for your research study requires a thorough understanding of what are the characteristics of each research paradigm. A research paradigm is a philosophy, methodology, epistemology, and ontology that provides complete guidelines to conduct a research. A research paradigm gives direction and path to conduct the research. Every research paradigm follows anyone of the research …

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Peer-Review in Qualitative Research

Peer-review as the name suggests is the process of checking a researcher’s work by another person expert in that field. The reason for this scrutiny is to check the validity, reliability, and authenticity of the research. Many journals today only accept peer-reviewed research. In qualitative research peer-review has long been used to validate a research before getting published. The reason …

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What are Research Paradigms?

Research paradigms/methodology

What are research paradigms and what is their importance in research? Once the researcher finalizes the research topic the next thought is about the approach or methodology to follow for the research. There are three questions that the researcher need to ask before beginning the actual research: The ontological inquiry: What is the reality that the researcher wants to explore …

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Constructivism Paradigm in Social Science Research

Constructivism is an approach to conducting the research just like positivism. This approach is one of the most misunderstood because of its unconventional approach to using a confirm methodology. Constructivism is based on the belief that human behavior and their actions are based on the relative experiences they have of the society and how they perceive it. Constructivists believe that …

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Positivism in Social Science Research

The concept of positivism in social science research developed after the studies of a French philosopher August Comte, he focused on the use of scientific techniques to study human behavior. In pure sciences, positivism has long been in use and its roots can be traced back to Aristotle, Descarte, Francis Bacon, and Galileo. Definition As defined by “Mertens (2005) and …

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Types of Research Paradigms?

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Definition A research paradigm is an approach or a research model to conducting a research that has been verified by the research community for long and that has been in practice for hundreds of years. Most of the research paradigms emerge from one of the two of the approaches to research that are positivist approach and interpretivism approach. Every research uses …

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Introduction to Research Paradigms

In social, physical and behavioral sciences there are two research paradigms that form the foundations of the research. Research paradigms are a very extensive topic and to deal with such topic you need to go in a comprehensive discussion about them. Here in this article, we will only define the two basic research paradigms, their uses, and their characteristics. A …

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