Qualitative Research and the Analysis of Processes. Considerations towards a "Qualitative Developmental Psychology"

Günter Mey

Abstract


This contribution begins with a brief description of the three phases of developmental psychology in regards to their predominant methodical orientations. The use and analysis of qualitative documents as a characteristic research strategy could only be discovered in the first phase.
Following this introduction is a brief summary of some new directions connected to the early phase of developmental psychology, which are based on the analyses of para-literal documents, observations and interviews. In closing, a plea for a stronger and more equal use of a qualitative research perspective, necessary to reflect the genuine subject of developmental psychology—processes and transformation—in a more adequate way, is outlined.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001107

Keywords


qualitative research; microgenesis; developmental psychology; narrative psychology; analysis of processes