Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Justifying qualitative research

27 April 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar with Dr Fiona Hibberd.

In psychology, those wanting to justify use of qualitative methods often cite the discipline’s uncritical adherence to an outmoded positivist philosophy of science as the source of its obsession with quantitative practices. They point to more recent philosophies including social constructionism, constructivism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, hermeneutics, phenomenology and critical realism as alternatives to positivism. Proponents of this idea argue that these alternatives better accommodate subjects’ contextual lived experiences and the meanings they give to them; the importance of inquirer–subject interactions, and the theory- and value-ladenness of facts.

In this talk, Dr Hibberd will argue that using these philosophies to justify qualitative research is misguided; note a different source of mainstream psychology’s preoccupation with quantitative research; and provide a very different justification for qualitative research following from a realist understanding of the nature of reality. Her presentation will demonstrate this rationale unfolds from a metaphysical package about which we have no choice, a package that also exposes the myth that psychologists measure psychological attributes.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Fiona Hibberd specialises in examining the foundational questions in psychology. This involves testing the theories, concepts and presuppositions that drive psychology's research.

Justifying qualitative research

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

27 April 2016


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