Chapter 3.3: Summarizing Contrasts and Boundaries Between Positivist and Dialogic Research
We conclude Part III by summarizing contrasts and boundaries between positivist and dialogic research paradigms. We argue that positivist research aims at revealing, describing, explaining, and verifying the given, while dialogic research aims at sense making, deepening meaning, critical examining, and transcending the given. Positivist research and dialogic research both complement and contradict each other. We provide a summarizing table contrasting and comparing the two approaches.