Wheels within wheels: The analysis of a cultural event

Deborah Court

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    This article describes a one-semester course on qualitative research methods presented for faculty members in a university school of education. The course was one significant "cultural event" in an ongoing change process toward the inclusion of qualitative methods in a strongly positivistic setting. The inclusion of qualitative methods required a profound adjustment by participants in this culture. The change was eased by official sanction of the course and by faculty members' ability to find entry point; to the ideas through established patterns of communication with the course presenters, most of whom came from within the faculty. The author is new to both the university and the country, and her own cultural adjustments, together with her role as one of the course presenters, leads her to reflect anew on the transaction between subjective and objective in qualitative research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)173-186
    Number of pages14
    JournalAlberta Journal of Educational Research
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 2001


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