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 the Difference Between “Ontology” and “Epistemology,” and Why Do They Matter?

What Is the Difference Between “Ontology” and “Epistemology,” and Why Do They Matter?

Ontology is the study of the nature of existence. This is a philosophical stance that explores such questions as: What does it mean to “be” in the world? What kinds of things exist around me? What is reality? For qualitative researchers working within a postmodern framework (where reality is believed to be constituted by one’s history, culture, time, and place), this vision of reality allows for multiple interpretations. Here, participants in a study may explore their own perspectives about reality, which may be variable—even for those individuals who have shared a life experience or work in the same job. ...

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