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 Useful and Practical Approaches to Ensure That I Am Gathering Good Data?

What Are Useful and Practical Approaches to Ensure That I Am Gathering Good Data?

Many qualitative researchers believe that all data are “good” data. This is quite different from quantitative researchers, who hope for statistically significant findings or positive results. As the focus of qualitative research is on participants’ views and experiences, or data that emerge during the process, all data gathered have the potential to be valuable and insightful. One of the key measures of qualitative data is whether they address the research questions that have been set out in the project. It is very easy for participants to talk “off topic” or for the researcher to become focused on ...

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