Textbooks on Qualitative Research and Method/Methodology: Toward a Praxis of Method

  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria
Keywords: ideology, methodology, dialectics, sociology as métier, praxis of method


Methodology is a fetishism, an ideology, consisting of catalogs of precepts that make sense only when a researcher already understands what methodology is about. Although most scholars are aware of a theory–praxis gap in doing scientific research, they continue to produce methods and methodology textbooks that are useful only to the person who already knows how to do research. I provide a demonstration for proposing a way in which authors on "methods" concretely realize a particular form of articulating what they have done and how they have done it in exemplary studies. That is, I am arguing for narratives of praxis of method rather than for methods of practice. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0601111


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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria
Wolff-Michael ROTH (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/beirat/roth-e.htm) is Lansdowne Professor of applied cognitive science at the University of Victoria. His interdisciplinary research agenda includes studies in science and mathematics education, general education, applied cognitive science, sociology of science, and linguistics (pragmatics). His recent publications include Toward an Anthropology of Graphing (Kluwer, 2003), with A. C. BARTON Rethinking Scientific Literacy (Routledge, 2004), Talking Science: Language and Learning in Science (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and Doing Qualitative Research: Praxis of Method (SensePublishers, 2005).
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