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 the Differences Between Qualitative “Design,” “Methodology,” and “Method”?

What Are the Differences Between Qualitative “Design,” “Methodology,” and “Method”?

Qualitative researchers use many different terms to describe the nature of their work. At times, these may be used interchangeably (e.g., where a researcher talks about an “approach” to research, when they are referring to the specific “methodology” they have chosen—such as a grounded theory approach/methodology). At other times, one specific word may be used to mean a very specific thing (e.g., when “method” is used to refer to a data collection activity, such as an interview). Unfortunately, researchers cannot always agree on the terminology they use, leaving readers to carefully investigate and define the concepts that are being discussed.

What researchers call the overall “design” ...

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