Positivist and Non-Positivist Paradigm in Social Science Research: Conflicting Paradigms or Perfect Partners?

  •  Aliyu Aliyu    
  •  Muhammad Bello    
  •  Rozilah Kasim    
  •  David Martin    


The idea of a paradigm or worldview as an overarching framework which organizes our entire approach to being
in the globe has become usual since Kuhn published The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962. This paper
therefore critically examined the positivist and a non positivist research paradigm in social science research. It
was revealed that the two paradigms are opposing each other. The findings show that positivist and a non
positivist research are conflicting paradigms and a researcher needs to cortically evaluate each and every
paradigm before employing it in his research activities. Conclusion was eventually drawn based on the literature

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4725
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4733
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: semiannual

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