Over the last two weeks, as part of the Introduction to Research course, I have been orienting myself with the cultures of inquiry as explained in Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. The process of creating the required infographic allowed me to begin to understand the distinct epistemological assumptions of the various cultures of inquiry and how they can complement each other, offering different aspects on which to build meaning.
|Phot by Lori Kemp (Lori's kitchen)|
Bentz and Shapiro (1998) described the concept of using several cultures of inquiry within a particular project as triangulated research design, where researchers use different methods, traditions and techniques at different levels. Comparatively, they also described the spiral of mindful inquiry as a motion of knowledge, progressing around a spiral and through different cultures of inquiry, while expanding and moving forward. In both of these concepts, the researcher is at the centre of the research.
I was inspired to see the correlation between the various cultures of inquiry and although my reflection focused specifically on the four inquiries of hermeneutics, phenomenology, comparative-historical inquiry and ethnographics, I look forward to further exploration, reflection and discovery.
Infographic - Cultures of Inquiry Reflection - Lori Kemp
Bent,V.M., & Shapiro, J. J. (1998). Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.