I was encouraged to see your article "Up close and personal: Qualitative research is gaining ground and respect" in the January gradPSYCH. Having taught qualitative research for three decades to both undergraduate and graduate students, I can support virtually all of the recommendations made in Beth Azar's fine article and heartily agree with the observations made by David Rennie of York University, Joe Ponterotto of Fordham and Constance Fischer of Duquesne. It is a testimony to the dedication of the faculty at these and many other institutions that qualitative research is alive and well today. If I might add one observation, it's that the current "paradigm shift" toward acceptance of qualitative research is probably a result less of the philosophical arguments that have been advanced in favor of these methods, than of the practical value that students, educators and practitioners are finally discovering with regard to the results of qualitative inquiry. This is not to disparage those arguments (to which I and colleagues have contributed) but to simply acknowledge that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating." As editor of The Humanistic Psychologist, the journal of APA Div. 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology), I have reserved one issue per year to showcase qualitative and mixed-methods research. I'd like to encourage graduate students to consider submitting their research projects to the journal via e-mail.
Scott D. Churchill, PhD
University of Dallas
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