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By Dr Jack Sanger, Jack Sanger

Combining anecdotal debts, inter-professional studies, serious debate and useful tips that could being a very good observer, this booklet explores matters surrounding remark in social science-orientated study.

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But our core sense of personal existence—the ‘I’—is located in awareness itself, not in its content. (Deikman, 1982, p. 10) There are connections here with Herrigel’s (1972) account of learning archery under the Zen Master. He talks of the target shooting the arrow, drawing it into itself, of its symbolism in a spiritual sense: And consequently, by the ‘art’ of archery he does not mean the ability of the sportsman, which can be controlled, more or less, by bodily exercises, but an ability whose origin is to be sought in spiritual exercises and whose aim consists in hitting a spiritual goal, so that fundamentally the marksman aims at himself and may even succeed in hitting himself.

The anonymization of accounts and/ or the generalization of experience has a strong flavour of rewriting history, against explicit or implicit criteria. Effacing individuals’ experience and viewpoints has a totalitarian ring to it. When we move on to the second, procedural area of the protocols, we have terms such as ‘reasonable’, a repeat of ‘fairness’, ‘accuracy’ and ‘relevance’, together with the acceptance of the right to a participant’s minority export should the event merit it. The invocation of the observer/researcher in social settings, as a fully actualized Maslovian individual, is inescapable.

Says the parent weightily. ‘Tell me the name of just one of them’, replies the child, crushingly. Thus, validity in statistics relies upon research into the general rather than the particular. The higher the number of cases in the target population, the more such patterns will emerge and be found ‘significant’. But this may only be of use at a general level. It may not help us in particular cases. To know that boys or girls are better than each other at certain subjects at certain ages, does not usually help a teacher with a particular class.

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