Elements of a Fusionist Ontology: Paradigmatic Choices in Understanding the Reasons for Career Change

  • Rickie Fisher
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)


The past, present, and future are ultimately contiguous. Given that there are multiple realities among individuals, paradigmatic choices can produce a fresh ontology sharpening the focus on past experiences, precursors, and reasons for a career change and how individuals define their present social realities. A “fusionist ontology” suggests experiences can only be explained by means of historical narrative. This is akin to an “atomist view” that there must be some least amount of being that already contains the determinacy that makes “living sensible”. While other forces to come into play, the fusionist ontology provides a purposeful basis for interpretive constructivist grounded theory aimed at understanding the impacts and influences of past experiences and reasons for individual decisions to actively seek a career change.


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  • Rickie Fisher
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  1. 1.School of Education and the ArtsCQUniversity AustraliaRockhamptonAustralia

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