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 an Emergent Qualitative Design?

What Is an Emergent Qualitative Design?

The word emergent is often used to describe qualitative research because of the inductive nature of the design. An emergent design is one that evolves and changes during project implementation. A researcher begins a project by designing a particular methodological approach, using specific methods for data collection, based on existing evidence related to the population, setting, and context under investigation. As qualitative projects are primarily inductive and exploratory, the final design emerges as data collection and analysis progress. In this way, a researcher can be responsive to the realities of the context, adjusting the research design to suit the specific situation, at the moment of data collection. Rather than imposing a design that ...

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