Applying Positivist and Interpretivist Philosophies to Social Research Practices
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Applying Positivist and Interpretivist Philosophies to Social Research Practices

C.C. Jayasundara (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)
Pages: 300
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5431-2
ISBN13: 9781668454312|ISBN10: 1668454319|EISBN13: 9781668454329|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781668454350
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A research philosophy is a belief in how data is collected, analyzed, and used for a given phenomenon. The term epistemology (what is known as truth) as opposed to doxology (what is believed to be true) includes different perspectives on the research approach. The purpose of science is to process what is believed in what is known. In the tradition of Western science, two major research philosophies have been identified: the positivist and the interpretivist (also known as the anti-positivist). This book provides a detailed description of how these are used in research.

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