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 Does It Mean to Be “Neutral” When I’m Gathering My Data?

What Does It Mean to Be “Neutral” When I’m Gathering My Data?

Qualitative researchers understand that everyone brings their personal views, biases, and orientations along with them when conducting research. Researchers choose topics that interest them, often with groups of people with whom they work closely. In order to gather data that reflect participants’ views, projects are designed so that the researcher can maintain a neutral stance.

When the research questions are identified, for example, a researcher writes the questions using neutral language so that the research design does not presume a particular outcome. If the researcher writes, “What barriers do women experience in pursuing careers in engineering?” the question presumes that barriers exist. ...

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