|Chapter :||Terms and Definitions|
Definitions of Methodology Terms
According to Denzin and Lincoln (1994, p. 3), “multiple uses and meanings of the methods of qualitative research make it difficult for researchers to agree on any essential definition of the field”. This is reflected in the inconsistencies in the use of terminology describing methodologies and methods in the literature.
As an example, these authors trace five stages (“moments”) in epistemological evolution and state that “ ‘qualitative research’ means different things in each of these” (Denizen & Lincoln, 1994, p. 1). And Gummesson (2001) asserts that whether the research is called quantitative or qualitative is not important. It is the process of knowing that is.