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.

How Can Qualitative Research Complement a Quantitative Study?

How Can Qualitative Research Complement a Quantitative Study?

Qualitative research can be used to complement quantitative studies, just as quantitative research can complement qualitative projects. Qualitative projects are designed to dig deeply into an issue; they drill down into what it means to experience a phenomenon, providing data that illuminate that experience. Quantitative projects are designed to look broadly across a phenomenon; they gaze at a phenomenon at a surface level, providing data that demonstrate the reach and influence of an issue. When these two approaches are combined, a researcher can get the best of both worlds in their data collection and analysis.

For example, a quantitative project might be designed to explore health care practitioners’ views on ...

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