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 Gather “Rich Data”?

What Does It Mean to Gather “Rich Data”?

Qualitative researchers use the term “rich data” to describe the plentiful and deep nature of the data gathered in their studies. In addition to capturing the facts, by describing something that happened (“I went to the public library”), naming a feeling (“I was frightened”), or stating a belief (“Young children should spend more time outdoors”), participants provide thick, highly descriptive data that can be analyzed in many different ways. Participants describing when they felt frightened may describe the incident itself, they may relate that to other times they have felt the same way, and they may talk about how they overcame that feeling. The discussion of one particular feeling, ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles