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The Logic of Naturalistic Inquiry

Norman K. Denzin
Social Forces
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Dec., 1971), pp. 166-182
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2576935
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2576935
Page Count: 17
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The Logic of Naturalistic Inquiry
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Abstract

A version of the research act, termed naturalistic behaviorism, is presented and compared to existing formulations of the method. A sensitizing framework for organizing naturalistic studies is presented. Special attention is given the problems of sampling, measurement, and causal analysis. Examples from an ongoing study of early childhood socialization are presented as tentative solutions to the sampling and analysis issues. Central weight is given to introspective-investigator accounts of social process.

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