chapter  14
Questions and concerns about qualitative research
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All research is problematic, precisely because there is no guarantee of truth. Research concerning human beings cannot guarantee truth because the notion of truth is itself problematic when desires and will, attention and intention, are involved. A Chinese proverb put it as, ‘Every sect has its truth, and every truth its sect.’ Being problematic does not mean that we have to throw up our hands and give up, however. The whole point about research methodology is to discuss and elaborate on disciplined and systematic procedures which are accepted, and to develop within a community of practice a so called ‘paradigm’ or accepted way of working. This chapter elaborates on some of the inherent problems of qualitative research, with responses to those problems offered by the Discipline of Noticing.