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 Kinds of Research Methods Are Appropriate for Talking With People?

What Kinds of Research Methods Are Appropriate for Talking With People?

Most methods are designed for engaging with people, given the participant-centered focus of qualitative research. Interviews are one of the most commonly used methods in qualitative research, although these vary in their specific designs. Some researchers use semistructured interviews, where the researcher identifies initial questions to guide the flow of the discussion, with the participant redirecting the focus as the conversation unfolds. Other researchers use unstructured interviews, where a single prompting question (“Tell me what it’s like to be a nurse”) may be the only scripted portion of the design. Some interviews are conducted in formal ways, with the participant and researcher sitting ...

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