Title

Looking Beyond the Challenges and Opportunities of Qualitative Research in Occupational Science

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Charlotte Royeen

Start Time

26-10-2007 11:45 AM

End Time

26-10-2007 1:45 PM

Abstract

Qualitative research or qualitative inquiry is a field of investigation because human experience cannot be quantified with quantitative measures. In the last decade, there has been considerable effort to expand the knowledge base of occupational science using qualitative inquiry. This paper will highlight the storytelling nature of qualitative inquiry and relate it as a function of the human condition. A short review of qualitative versus quantitative research models will be presented with a call to move beyond the dichotomy. Challenges of qualitative in occupational science will be reviewed including legitimacy, acceptability, politics and ethics. Opportunities of qualitative inquiry in occupational science will be similarly reviewed including reasoning and theory building and the reflective process. Finally, seven areas of potential development in qualitative inquiry related to occupational science will be presented and further discussed in terms of looking beyond its challenges and opportunities including; passionate interest, question generation, global context, ethics, theory generation, epistemological diversity and evidence based practice documentation.

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Looking Beyond the Challenges and Opportunities of Qualitative Research in Occupational Science

Qualitative research or qualitative inquiry is a field of investigation because human experience cannot be quantified with quantitative measures. In the last decade, there has been considerable effort to expand the knowledge base of occupational science using qualitative inquiry. This paper will highlight the storytelling nature of qualitative inquiry and relate it as a function of the human condition. A short review of qualitative versus quantitative research models will be presented with a call to move beyond the dichotomy. Challenges of qualitative in occupational science will be reviewed including legitimacy, acceptability, politics and ethics. Opportunities of qualitative inquiry in occupational science will be similarly reviewed including reasoning and theory building and the reflective process. Finally, seven areas of potential development in qualitative inquiry related to occupational science will be presented and further discussed in terms of looking beyond its challenges and opportunities including; passionate interest, question generation, global context, ethics, theory generation, epistemological diversity and evidence based practice documentation.