Interpretative claims and methodological warrant in small-number qualitative, longitudinal research

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dc.contributor.author Yates, L. S en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:36:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:36:08Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier 2003002166 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Yates, L. 2001 'Interpretative claims and methodological warrant in small-number qualitative, longitudinal research', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 335-368. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1364-5579 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5021
dc.description.abstract This article discusses issues of methodological warrant in a qualitative, longitudinal study with only a small number of subjects. The 12 to 18 Project was designed to contribute to research on gender, class and schooling. The rationale for a design using only 26 students spread between four schools is explained. It is argued that even with small-number research, issues of selection and comparison are important—but emphasis on techniques of data-treatment and comparison is misplaced. The meaningfulness and contribution of studies of this type lie in multiple acts of design, comparison, reflexive interpretation and dialogue with the broader field, and the more that such studies emphasize technical analytic procedures, the more they undermine their warrant to be anything other than a report on a small sample. Illustrations of interpretations of the data and from the data are given. en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Science en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org10.1080/09647770000301804 en_US
dc.title Interpretative claims and methodological warrant in small-number qualitative, longitudinal research en_US
dc.parent International Journal of Social Research Methodology en_US
dc.journal.volume 6 en_US
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, England en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 335 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 368 en_US
dc.cauo.name Management en_US


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