Qualitative Research: Incredulity toward Metanarrativeness
Nima Shakouri

Qualitative research methods enjoy increasing popularity. Presumably, words and pictures appear to be more informative than numbers. Although the main drawback of qualitative approach is the time it takes to collect the data, and data analysis is complex and vexing, the epistemic nature of qualitative research paves the way towards relativist/democratic perspective in education. Henceforth, the present writers compatible with the stance of qualitative research in education claim that the ideology of qualitative research centers upon the notion of skepticism towards metanarrativeness. That is, narratives cannot claim to encompass everything and explain everything. Moreover, though the supremacy of qualitative research is highlighted, it is highly suggested to find judicious ways in order to mix the two— qualitative and quantitative methods.

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