Qualitative Approaches in Mathematics Education Research: Challenges and Possible Solutions
Education Journal
Volume 2, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages: 50-57
Received: Mar. 3, 2013; Published: Mar. 10, 2013
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Sashi Sharma, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Faculty of Education,The university of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Despite being relatively new in mathematics education research, qualitative researchapproaches need special attention as attempts are being made to enhance the credibility and trustworthiness of this approach. It is important that researchers are aware of the limitations associated with these methods so that measures are put in place to try and minimize the effects of these limitations Philosophical roots and key features of this paradigm are outlined. Qualitative methods such as the interview approach in research literature as a data gathering tool are considered next. Challenges faced by qualitative researchers in terms of reliability, validity and generability are considered. Examples are provided to illustrate methodological problems and solutions related to qualitative methods.
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Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Data Collection, Quality Criteria, Limitations, Possible Solutions
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Sashi Sharma, Qualitative Approaches in Mathematics Education Research: Challenges and Possible Solutions, Education Journal. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013, pp. 50-57. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20130202.14
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