chapter  10
Values, Objectivity and Ideology
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If we adopt a critical constructivist epistemology, we reject the positivistic notion that facts and values are separate. From this perspective values are seen as a basic dimension of the research process from the selection of what is to be investigated, to the methods employed, to the definitions given to terms encountered during the investigation. This is quite a contrast to the traditional positivist belief that values play no role in the research process unless to undermine its validity.