Methodological challenges in comparing highly different countries and cultures – Developing adequate research approaches in Asia, Africa, and Europe

Year: 2012

Author: Biewer, Gottfried, Luciak, Mikael

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


The first contribution will introduce the research design of the CLASDISA project with the focus on presumed and emerging methodological problems in the qualitative and quantitative parts of the project. The difficulty in developing research instruments in 6 different languages is complicated by the fact that certain concepts are hardly comparable in these highly differing cultural contexts. While the project started with a uniform research design for all countries, the practical research activities in these differing contexts in fact require different approaches to gather information from stakeholders. Through the collection of voices of disabled children, their parents and teachers many insights on cultural and societal differences, and educational systems have been gained.