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"The way to do is to be": exploring the interface between values and research.

Authors
  • Harper, S
  • Clancy, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender and development
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1999
Volume
7
Issue
1
Pages
73–80
Identifiers
PMID: 12295346
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The Science, Religion, and Development (SRD) project of the International Development Research Centre aims to determine the conceptual and practical linkage between science, religion and development. Additionally, the center aims to mold ¿being oriented¿ approaches, where values based in religion and spirituality inform the perspective and choices of methods of development researchers and practitioners. The SRD project has three phases. Phase one brought together four experts in science, international development, and theology who reflected on the relationship between the moral/spiritual realms of life and the technological/scientific models of development. The second and third phases will involve the publication of these reflections in book form. There are certain similarities between ¿being oriented¿ approaches and other methodologies. As with other approaches, the SRD project has concern for inclusion and authentic dialogue as well as a commitment to transparency about the assumptions and biases that are present in research. Values specific to ¿being oriented¿ approaches include its ability to provide a deeper and larger awareness which can offer new possibilities for response, changing the researchers themselves, as well as their understanding of the communities with whom they work.

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