ABSTRACT

Constructivist research has as an important goal the creation or construction of meaning. Meaning involves statements about characteristics and presumed relationships in a particular time and context. These statements are constructed principally through words. Even though behaviors and their observation feature in qualitative data, words are the basis of meaning shaping and construction. It is through words that the meaning of behaviors and of other words are negotiated. Words are also the basis of the data deconstruction for analysis and reconstruction in the case study. It is with words that the melange of descriptors about the subject and its context are created for the final case report. Therefore, words are the primary data sources for most aspects of constructivist research. Data collection and management, words for meaning making, are important in all phases of the inquiry, from orientation and overview, through more focused data collection, to the preparation and testing of the final product.