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 Do I Conduct a Pilot Study for My Qualitative Research Project?

How Do I Conduct a Pilot Study for My Qualitative Research Project?

A pilot study is a small-scale phase of a larger project, which is designed to test the approaches that will be used in the final study. Often, pilot studies are rolled into the study design and discussed in the ethics application. If the pilot phase is successful, results may be rolled into the full dataset; however, if there are problems with the pilot, the researcher has time to make changes (such as purchasing new equipment or revising the wording of a question) before starting the full data collection period.

Pilot studies allow researchers to

  • Practice and refine research instruments. One of the most ...
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