Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book’s quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments.

Does It Matter if Someone Else Interprets My Results in a Different Way?

Does It Matter if Someone Else Interprets My Results in a Different Way?

As qualitative research design is embedded in a constructionist view of reality, it is expected that different people will interpret the data in different ways. The researcher presents “an” interpretation of the data, which is supported by the evidence and grounded in existing disciplinary knowledge, rather than “the” interpretation of the data. This does not mean that the interpretation is not robust or appropriate. Rather, it speaks to the influence of context, culture, history, and worldview on the interpretive analytical process. Researchers approaching a project’s design with different contexts, cultures, histories, and worldviews will design projects in different ways. ...

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