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 Theoretical and/or Conceptual Framework in a Qualitative Study?

What Is the Role of a Theoretical and/or Conceptual Framework in a Qualitative Study?

A conceptual framework is an overarching set of beliefs, theories, and perspectives that shape the design of the research project. Often these are determined by the existing research literature, where a new study is designed to build on prior knowledge about a phenomenon. However, the conceptual framework is also informed by the specific methodology chosen for the project. A project that uses a grounded theory approach, for example, will look very different from a phenomenology, or a narrative inquiry, or a discourse analysis project. The researcher’s worldview and epistemological stance also shape the research and contribute to ...

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