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.

My Supervisor Says I Should Use an Interpretive Lens for My Analysis—What Does This Mean?

My Supervisor Says I Should Use an Interpretive Lens for My Analysis—What Does This Mean?

The idea of having an “interpretive lens” is one that many researchers discuss when talking about their analysis practices. In inductive, emergent designs, theorizing about and interpreting the data begins during data collection and continues through analysis. The data drive the analysis process so that the researcher is able to engage with various theoretical lenses as part of this process. At times, a researcher develops a unique theory about the phenomenon under examination. Or, a researcher may choose to turn a particular “interpretive lens” on the data to guide the analysis process. A feminist lens, ...

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