Qualitative Methods and the ‘Analytic Gaze:’ An Affirmation of Scientism?

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This paper presents an argument organized in two parts: The first part is an interpretive sketch of the history of Qualitative Research in educational studies, as a developing appreciation for the primacy of interpretation in the organization of social worlds. The second part offers an alternative understanding of the analytic tasks encountered within an interpretively constructed social world – an alternative reading of the “Interpretive Move.” Rather than a template for professional analytic methods, the insight of interpretation is taken as pointing to a foundational topic for social science: The interpretive practices of everyday life. In the difference, the interpretive methods of ordinary worlds come into view, setting aside the professional discourse on methodological interpretation. An analysis of a transcript from a 5th grade classroom complements the argument.

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