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Interpretivism stresses interpretations and interpreting processes in the formation of knowledge.

  • a typical philosophical background in qualitative research
  • includes any precisely defined orientations, which stress interpretative processes

Interpretivism forms a counter pair to positivism.

Interpretivism is closely related to constructivism.

Links to more information:

Interpretivism (social science). NationMaster Encyclopedia.

Livesey, Chris. Interpretivism. Sociogical Pathways. Sociology Central.

Neill, James, 2006. Qualitative Research I. Analysis of Professional Literature. Outdoor Education Research & Evaluation Center.