Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects: by K.G.V. Smith

By K.G.V. Smith

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Greenwood and Levin (2005) noted both the challenges and opportunities that social science researchers encounter when they decide to value a researcher role that acknowledges the central importance of action. Although the authors are specifically discussing participatory action research, they also discuss the fact that one of the central barriers to action research that is collaborative with communities is the “ivory tower” value system of university academia itself. The authors encourage the use of various ways in which researchers can intentionally transcend these barriers—in addition to discussing the ethical mandates of social science researchers to ensure their research’s relevance to the daily lives of people and communities.

A network of significant constructs from guiding theories based on personal and professional experience as well as previous literature. Essentially, the conceptual framework constitutes an evolving literature review and theoretical model of personal and professional assumptions that collectively build a study rationale. Personal experience, existing theory and prior research, exploratory and pilot research/preliminary conclusions, and thought experiments are primary contextual factors that influence (and are influenced by) the conceptual framework, and are further discussed in Chapter 4.

Qualitative inquiry in a naturalistic setting is important because researchers are interested in the role of context. The naturalistic setting affords practitioners and researchers with opportunities to examine how individuals interact with their environment through symbols, social roles, and social structures, to name a few. Not all qualitative research is conducted in a naturalistic setting. Qualitative approaches can be integrated into experimental research designs, in some forms of mixed method designs (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2011).

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