ABSTRACT

Humans are universally guilty of using selective and biased observations to structure and make sense of the world about them. The hard fact is that reality is too complex for full comprehension; therefore, not everything corresponds with our selective view of the way things “ought to be.” Over time, methodologies come and go and are deemed more or less valid at various historical moments. In the context of their time, however, they tend to rule the understanding of reality. The elevation of one approach so that it dominates thinking is tantamount to reducing the world to an artificial entity. The social sciences really need to endorse a multiplicity of perspectives and methodologies and then use them all to determine where reality lies. The use of quantitative methodology is absolutely necessary for the advancement of the discipline. However, qualitative methodology is equally necessary. All forms of evidence-gathering tools should be used in our quest for a view of reality.