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 Triangulation?

What Is Triangulation?

Triangulation allows a researcher to investigate the research problem from a variety of angles and perspectives. This approach can help to ensure that the data gathered in a project are credible (i.e., aiding the rigorous design and implementation of the project), but is also very useful in extending the scope of data gathering and analysis, particularly in projects that are exploratory or designed to be emergent. In these cases, the focus of the project—and, therefore, the need for new data—may evolve as the data collection and analysis progress. Gathering data using a triangulated approach provides a more fulsome picture of the phenomenon under study than what would be possible if data were gathered from only one source. At times, ...

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