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.

What Is Qualitative Research?

What Is Qualitative Research?

Qualitative research is an interesting and engaging approach to studying the ways that people experience their world. However, describing the nature of qualitative research—briefly—can be challenging, especially when there are so many different research methodologies, methods, and settings involved in these projects. In general, qualitative research is a human-focused approach to research design, which aims to delve deeply into people’s experiences, perceptions, behaviors, and beliefs. Qualitative research addresses very different questions from those explored in quantitative designs. Where quantitative studies document who, what, where, how many, and other descriptive details, qualitative research explores the why questions that address various phenomena. Qualitative research explores the processes at play in society, examines the meanings that individuals make of particular ...

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