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.

Qualitative Research Seems to Always Involve People—Is That True?

Qualitative Research Seems to Always Involve People—Is That True?

Qualitative research is, by nature, a human-centered approach to research. For that reason, involving people as participants in the work is very common. Many research projects involve people in very direct ways, such as through interviews, focus groups, observation, and other methods of data collection designed to engage directly with participants. Researchers may talk to people, watch their activities in natural settings, ask participants to take photographs of their environments, bring groups of people together to share their views—or a mix of all of these (and other) approaches.

In other cases, research projects involve people indirectly, through the use of artifacts and texts that provide data about human ...

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