Introduction to qualitative psychological research - an article by Coyle (2015)

Critical thinkingArticle: Coyle, A (2015)Introduction to qualitative psychological researchIntroductionThis chapter examines the development of psychological interest in qualitative methods in historical context and point to the benefits that psychology gains from qualitative research.It also looks at some important issues and developments in qualitative psychology. At its most basic, qualitative psychological research may be regarded as involving the collection and analysis of non-numerical data through a psychological lens in order to provide rich descriptions and possibly explanations of peoples meaning-making, how they make sense of the world and how they experience particular events.Qualitative research is bound up with particular sets of assumptions about the bases or possibilities of knowledge.Epistemology: particular sets of assumptions about the bases or possibilities of knowledge.Epistemology refers to a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the theory of knowledge and that tries to answer questions about how we can know what we know.Ontology: the assumptions we make about the nature of being, existence or reality.Different research approaches and methods are associated with different epistemologies.The term ‘qualitative research’ covers a variety of methods with a range of epistemologies, resulting in a domain that is characterized by difference and tension.The epistemology adopted by a particular study can be...

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WSRt, critical thinking - a summary of all articles needed in the fourth block of second year psychology at the uva


This is a summary of the articles and reading materials that are needed for the fourth block in the course WSR-t. This course is given to second year psychology students at the Uva. The course is about thinking critically about how scientific research is done and how this

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