The term research philosophy refers to a system of beliefs and assumptions about the development of knowledge. In layman’s terms, a research philosophy is the choice a researcher makes on how to pursue his research, consciously or subconsciously. Scholars have identified five of the most prominent research philosophies in academia, however, choosing one is a matter of debate.
Postmodernism is a subjectivist philosophy, that emphasizes the role of language and aims to give voice to alternative or deprecated views.
Postmodernism is innovative
Challenges mainstream theories and may bring about new conclusionsExplore
Interpretivism is a subjectivist philosophy that focuses on studying the people and the meanings they create.
Interpretivism is subjective
Focuses on the people and interprets findings though their eyes.Explore
Interpretivism is innovative
May create new, richer understandings and interpretations of social worlds and contextsExplore
Interpretivism uses smaller data samples
Using fewer sources allows for a more targeted approach and a specific focus of interest. It also allows the researcher to look more closely at the details of the evidence and avoid other academic fields.Explore
Pragmatism focuses on making scientific progress using a variety of methods.
Pragmatism is practical
Uses a variety of research methods according to the research question.Explore
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