Qualitative Research: Naturalistic Inquiry in E-Learning Research

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Qualitative Research: Naturalistic Inquiry in e-Learning Research
In Naturalistic Inquiry in e-Learning Research by Agostinho (2005), an in-depth discussion on naturalistic inquiry as a qualitative research method was the focal point of the journal article. Using the qualitative research paradigm, the author established how naturalistic inquiry can be a valid method through which dimensions and further explorations about a phenomenon can be done. As the author had mentioned at the beginning of the article, the purpose of the article is to discuss the rigor in data collection and analysis involved in the naturalistic inquiry method (2).
Naturalistic inquiry from the theoretical perspective is anchored on three (3) key aspects of research: "(1) the relationship of the researcher to that being researched; (2) the role of values in a study; and (3) process of research" (5). The author ensured that when applied in her study of e-Learning, these aspects were achieved from a research methodology standpoint. The author conducted participant-observation and interviews that helped establish a relationship between the researcher and the researched, which are the students who participated in the e-Learning case studies. Values were also respected as the author took an active role in asking for consent to become a participant-observer in the e-Learning class (on-campus) group. Further, the author also conducted review and feedback meetings with the e-Learning students / research

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