Revista Brasileira de Educação
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DEVECHI, Catia Piccolo Viero and TREVISAN, Amarildo Luiz. On the proximity of common sense in qualitative research in education: positivity or simple decadence?. Rev. Bras. Educ. [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.43, pp. 148-161. ISSN 1413-2478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-24782010000100010.
The article proposes a discussion on the way in which qualitative research in education is received. It seeks to face the accusations concerning the lack of scientific rigor, defending the position that the problem is not precisely in the conception of the research, and less still in a simple natural decadence of its history. It understands that the existence of a lack of comprehension permits the appropriation of such research in a way not always suitable to its requirements. It thus questions the impoverishment of its experience in the educational field, comprehending the importance of quantitative studies in approaches in their different configurations. Provocatively, it enunciates some propositions with the intention of diminishing the possibility that such research is evaluated as a prosaic means for the production of knowledge in the educational context.
Keywords : qualitative research; scientific rigor; production of knowledge.