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An Organic Inquiry Primer for the Novice Researcher: The Who, What, When, Why, and How of a Sacred Approach to Disciplined Knowing

Curry, Deah; Wells, Steven J

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ISBN 10: 0963394398 / ISBN 13: 9780963394392
Published by Liminal Realities, 2004
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Title: An Organic Inquiry Primer for the Novice ...

Publisher: Liminal Realities

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Fourth Printing

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Organic Inquiry is a relatively new addition to the range of options for psychological research. Its genesis in 1994 is rooted in the desires of four women associated with the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology to incorporate not only the researcher's personal voice, but the voice of the sacred as well in the designs, protocols, and analysis of human sciences research. This Primer is written for the novice researcher who wants a spiritually-based, innovative, and highly flexible qualitative methodology that is grounded in transpersonal psychology and feminist theory.

This book presents one way to apply the Organic Inquiry approach, among other possibilities. The beginning researcher walks through the authors' perspectives of the larger context of any Organic Inquiry as being situated in its lineage and paradigm by its inherent belief system, and by its conceptualization of the relationship between humans and the sacred.

In addition, issues that must be of concern to all serious researchers, such as concern for subjectivity, validity, and liminitations, are explored. Several data analysis methods that might be useful in an Organic study are compared, and some specific questions about Organic Inquiry are addressed.

Readers are given a detailed look at how Organic Inquiry was applied in major, complex, and award-winning research study. Suggestions are included for personalizing projects that allow much room for creativity and innovation while still sustaining the heart of what makes a particular project an Organic Inquiry. Tips and opinions designed to help the novice researcher feel more comfortable in rising to the challenges that Organic Inquiry presents are offered throughout. Space is left at the ends of chapters to capture the ideas that will no doubt bubble up from the liminal domain as this book is read.

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This book is written by two novice researchers engaged in a doctoral dissertation project using a new methodology that had little published material available. Their work extends original sources about Organic Inquiry, clarifies original models, provides definition of terms, and gives an entire chapter on the important issue of evaluating knowledge claims in an Organic Inquiry. With this Primer, Deah Curry, PhD, and Steven J. Wells have made an important contribution to human sciences research in general, and have succeeded in further pioneering an emerging sacred approach to research methodology.

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