The turn to philosophical grounding in qualitative research demands a depth of historical and conceptual knowledge that many trained in the social sciences may lack. Kerry Howell ’ s A Philosophy of Methodology is a concise and useful guide to the key developments in Western epistemology then linking philosophical thought to social theory and paradigm of inquiry. For the novice researcher or graduate student, this book is an excellent desk reference, however there are several omissions, including feminism, which renders it a less - than - complete guide to the role of epistemology in social science inquiry.
Methodo logical Design, Epistemology, Paradigms of Inquiry
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Larkin, A. (2013). To Engage Research Critically : A Review of Kerry Howell ’s The Philosophy of Methodology. The Qualitative Report, 18(26), 1-3. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol18/iss26/3