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.

I Have Anomalous Data. Is This a Problem?

I Have Anomalous Data. Is This a Problem?

Examining anomalous data is one of the ways that qualitative analysis presents rich, deep findings that illuminate many sides of an issue. Although the goal in qualitative analysis generally is to explore themes and patterns that are common to participants or data collection sites, examining data that do not “fit” with the common trends is another important part of the analytical process. This process is also called negative case analysis, which refers to the process of looking at the data points that go in a different direction from the primary theme.

For example, a study of seniors’ Internet use may find that a common theme emerging from the dataset is ...

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