“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

A scientific attitude (after positivism)

Robson (2002, p.18) makes a case for rejecting positivism but retaining a scientific attitude, by carrying out the research. This is another from the earlier blog, but I think it's interesting in the light of the person-centred approach, as Carl Rogers was relentlessly scientific in his attitude:
  • systematically - giving serious thought to what you are doing , and how and why you are doing it; in particular, being explicit about the nature of the observations that are made, the circumstances in which they are made and the role you take in making them;
  • sceptically - subjecting your ideas to possible disconfirmation, and also subjecting your observations and conclusions to scrutiny (by yourself, initially, then by others);
  • ethically - you follow a code of conduct for the research which ensures that the interests and concerns of those taking part, or possibly affected by, the research are safeguarded.The intention behind working in this way is to seek the 'truth' about whatever is the subject of the research.
Robson, C. (2002). Real World Research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, Blackwell Publishing)

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