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 Role of a Hypothesis in Qualitative Research?

What Is the Role of a Hypothesis in Qualitative Research?

A hypothesis does not have a central role in qualitative research. Hypotheses are used in deductive, quantitative projects; a statement is made at the beginning of the project and then that theory is tested in data collection and analysis. Qualitative projects explore data related to research questions, which are typically informed by an overarching research problem statement. The research project is inductive, with theory generated from data.

A quantitative researcher may generate a hypothesis based on the results of a qualitative study, which is then tested using a quantitative design. Or, a hypothesis used in a quantitative project may raise interesting research questions for qualitative researchers, ...

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