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Tackling the issue of generalization in qualitative study: Case study of distance learning

Dzakiria, Hisham (2007) Tackling the issue of generalization in qualitative study: Case study of distance learning. Paedagogia Jurnal Penelitian Pendidikan, 10 (2). pp. 111-125. ISSN 1026-4109

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Qualitative case study enables us to have a thick description and understanding of the reality.This paper suggests that while qualitative studies are not generalisable in the traditional sense of the word, nor do they claim to be, they can have other redeeming features which make them highly valuable in the education community.This can be achieved by extending the power to generalise to readers or other researchers through the concept of reliability in responding to the issue of generalisability in qualitative research In doing so, this paper discussed Michael Bassey's fuzzy generalisation to explain thepower play that readers can have in generating generalisation in qualitative research.The concept of relatabiliiy has its own merits, one that is justifiable and has its own potential to be developed.This paper is based on two qualitative case study on the experiences and perspectives of a small group of distance learners as they progress through their courses at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: generalization, qualitative research, distance learning
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Hisham Dzakiria
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 08:18
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 08:18
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/5875

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