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 Are the Limitations of Qualitative Research?

What Are the Limitations of Qualitative Research?

All research projects have limitations that need to be acknowledged in the design and in writing about the results of the study. These limitations may include geographic, cultural, or temporal limitations, meaning that projects present a picture of the world in a particular time and place, within a specific cultural context. These types of project design limitations are common to all types of research, not just qualitative projects. A study that explores girls’ experiences is limited in that it cannot provide evidence of boys’ experiences. A study that examines workplace politics in for-profit organizations cannot provide evidence related to not-for-profit organizations. While these examples may seem intuitive (as a project cannot ...

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