1992．第20卷第2期（Vol. 20 No. 2）．pp. 8593
The Idea of Qualitative Research
Robert R. SHERMAN
This paper explains what qualitative research aims to accomplish and why today we see research in education moving in that direction. The perspective is from the United States, but the matter is pertinent as well in Hong Kong and other Asian countries. The author argues against the idea of a fundamental opposition between qualitative and quantitative forms of research, and in favor, rather, of a continuity and cooperation between the two forms. Some ideas from the American philosopher John Dewey are used as the basis for the interpretation. Also, some history of educational research in the United States is sketched, and implications for teaching development and practice are discussed.