Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks
Discussion Thread: Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks
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Discuss, in-depth, the process of research compiled by Denzin &
Lincoln (2011) located in the Read: Creswell & Poth: Chapter 2. Be
sure to include the questions researchers should ask themselves to
determine the philosophical assumptions they bring to the research.
What four (4) philosophical assumptions exist when choosing to conduct
qualitative research. Describe each.
Provide a brief description of the types of interpretive frameworks
used in qualitative research.
Explain how Christian beliefs might influence the philosophical
assumptions brought to the research. Utilize at least one Bible verse
to support your discussion.
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Creswell, J., & Poth, C. (2018). Qualitative inquiry & research
design: Choosing among five approaches, 4th. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
According to Denzin and Lincoln (2011), the process of research involves asking oneself several questions to determine the philosophical assumptions they bring to the research. These questions include: What is the nature of reality? How do we know what we know? What is the relationship between the researcher and the researched? How should we collect and analyze data?
When choosing to conduct qualitative research, there are four philosophical assumptions that exist. These are:
Constructivism: The belief that reality is socially constructed and that individuals create meaning through their interactions and experiences. Researchers operating under this assumption view data collection and analysis as a process of constructing meaning.
Positivism: The belief that reality is objective and that knowledge can be discovered through scientific methods. Researchers operating under this assumption view data collection and analysis as a process of testing hypotheses.
Post-positivism: The belief that reality is objective, but that knowledge is limited by the researcher’s perspective. Researchers operating under this assumption view data collection and analysis as a process of testing hypotheses while acknowledging the researcher’s bias.
Critical theory: The belief that reality is shaped by power and that social inequality must be challenged. Researchers operating under this assumption view data collection and analysis as a process of uncovering and challenging societal issues.
In qualitative research, there are several types of interpretive frameworks that can be used. These include:
Phenomenology: The focus is on understanding the experiences and perceptions of individuals.
Grounded theory: The focus is on developing a theory that emerges from the data.
Ethnography: The focus is on understanding the culture and customs of a specific group of people.
Narrative inquiry: The focus is on understanding the stories and experiences of individuals.
When it comes to Christian beliefs influencing the philosophical assumptions brought to the research, a researcher may view reality as being created and sustained by God. They may also view the researcher and researched as being equal in God’s eyes and therefore acknowledge and respect the humanity of the research participants. In the Bible, in Matthew 22:39, Jesus says to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This verse can be applied to the research process by treating participants with compassion and respect. A Christian researcher may also view the research process as an opportunity to serve others and to use the knowledge gained to bring about positive change in the world, guided by the principle of loving one’s neighbor.