Interpreting Interpretive Research

Yimin Huang, Ian Wilkinson

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We examine the issues involved in conducting re-inquiries of interpretive research which involves evaluating and reconciling differing interpretations of the same phenomena. Differences in interpretation may be traced to contextual conditions including that of the observer, the observed as well as to the theories and methods employed. We argue that triangulation in terms of each of these contextual conditions is not just a means of establishing the validity and reliability of interpretations but a means of discovering complementary interpretations that reflect the way knowledge and meaning are co-produced in interpretive research through the interaction of observer and observed in different contexts. This leads to the need for more systematic study of how dimensions of research context affect the kinds of interpretations produced and how they are interrelated, because it is only in this way that we will be able to build a systematic body of knowledge based on interpretive research results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationANZMAC 2007
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings : 3Rs - reputation, responsibility and relevance
EditorsMaree Thyne, Kenneth R. Deans, Juergen Gnoth
Place of PublicationDunedin, NZ
PublisherUniversity of Otago Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781877156299
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventANZMAC 2007 - Otago, New Zealand
Duration: 3 Dec 20075 Dec 2007


ConferenceANZMAC 2007
CityOtago, New Zealand

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