Departmental Bulletin Paper 質的研究の多様性を教える──ポートレイチャー法の紹介を通じて──

宮崎, あゆみ

58pp.87 - 95 , 2016-03-31 , 国際基督教大学 , International Christian University
In this article, I aim to contribute to the teaching of various types of qualitative research - which is still not viewed as a mainstream method in Japanese social sciences - through dissecting the features of qualitative research and introducing “portraiture methodology.” First, I will explain that qualitative research is not determined solely by the quality of its data, but also by its framework and its “how” questions for exploring the processes of peoples’ meaning constructions. I will then introduce “portraiture methodology,” a widely respected methodology in many disciplines (including education), to think about what “qualitative” really means. Portraiture methodology combines various qualitative methods and pursues triangulations in various forms to obtain a thick, contextual documentation of complex, dynamic, and contested human experiences. It challenges the traditional ways in which social sciences represent reality, and incorporates artistic means to capture complex human experiences. This attempt to blur the boundaries of arts and sciences offers abundant suggestions about how to understand the meanings of “qualitative.”

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