This paper solved questions about how interpretive field research should be conducted and how its quality can be assessed.
- The fundamental principle of the Hermeneutic circle
- Human understanding is achieved by iterating between consideration of interdependent meaning of parts and the whole they form
- The principle of contextualization
- Critical reflection of the social and historical background of the research setting
- The principle of interaction between the researchers and the subjects
- Critical reflection on how research materials are constructed through the interaction between the researchers and participants
- The principle of abstraction and generalization
- idiographic details revealed by the data interpretation through the application of principles one and two to theoretical, general concepts that describe the nature of human understanding and social action
- The principle of dialogical reason
- Possible contradictions between the theoretical prejudice guiding the research design and actual findings
- The principle of multiple interpretation
- Sensitivity to possible differences in interpretations among the participants
- The principle of suspicion
- sensitivity to possible “biases” and systematic “distortions” in the narratives collected from the participants.
Interdependency of the seven principles
- The fundamental principle of the Hermeneutic circle is the overarching principle upon which the other six principles expand
- Ex: principle 2 depends on principle 3 – 7
Three examples of the seven principles
- Orlikowski (1991)
- Walsham and Waema (1994)
- Myers (1994)
- How these seven principles are applied in these three research
- How these principles are interacted with each other
Clear and detailed guidelines for us to better evaluate interpretive field study.
Lee (1989) has first proposed how to analyze case studies from positivist perspective. And in this paper, the authors proposed evaluation of qualitative studies from interpretive perspective. How about from critical perspective?
Is it effective to analyze from multiple perspectives?