The conflict between qualitative and quantitative directions in educational research is not new; however, this debate has resurfaced in the accountability era. The Science of Qualitative Research by Martin Packer (2011) is a thought-provoking book that explains why one should engage in qualitative research. Artfully combining history, examples, and his own reflections on the topic, Packer offers a list of well-grounded arguments that show the importance of and the need for qualitative research. Although this book does not explain how to design and conduct qualitative studies, it makes a good read for all those interested in theories behind modern qualitative work and for those who want to better understand the roots of scientific social research and common misconceptions about qualitative analysis.
Qualitative Research, Qualitative Analysis, Scientific Research, Social Science
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Parylo, O. (2012). Thorough and Thought-provoking: A Review of Packer’s The Science of Qualitative Research. The Qualitative Report, 17(13), 1-6. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol17/iss13/3