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 “Fieldwork” Involve in a Qualitative Project?

What Does “Fieldwork” Involve in a Qualitative Project?

The “fields” where qualitative research is conducted are very diverse. Generally, when people talk about being “in the field,” they mean that they are engaging in data collection and analysis activities outside of the normal workspace (such as their personal office). The field may be a coffee shop, a hospital waiting room, a preschool classroom, a public park, or many other contexts in which research is conducted. Even booking an interview space down the hall from one’s own office can be considered a “field” of sorts, since it is away from the everyday space that the researcher inhabits. In digital research, however, it is also possible to be “in ...

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