Mixed paradigms : combining participatory and positivist research methods : Guyanese case studies

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dc.contributor.advisor Veltmeyer, Henry
dc.coverage.spatial Guyana
dc.creator Shook, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:02Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:02Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.other H62.5 G95 S56 1993
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22412
dc.description iii, 99 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 93-99).
dc.description.abstract The debate between proponents of participatory and positivist research methodologies has been long and at times heated, but in four months research work in Guyana, the author found elements of the two paradigms melding. Positivist researchers are found to be less than completely objective in practice, while participatory researchers adopt positivist tools for use in their studies. In short, hard drawn lines of demarkation between the two schools of thought become blurred in the field. The implications of this blending of methodologies are explored, both theoretically and in the light of practical experience. Can field researchers not have the best of both worlds, combining positivist and participatory methods as these fulfill research needs? Or are the two approaches worlds apart, with practices appropriate to one invalidating the results and conclusions of the other? The key to the puzzle lies in who sets the research agenda and controls the generation of knowledge.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc H62.5.G95
dc.subject.lcsh Research -- Guyana
dc.subject.lcsh Participant observation
dc.subject.lcsh Social surveys -- Guyana -- Methodology
dc.title Mixed paradigms : combining participatory and positivist research methods : Guyanese case studies
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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