This distinctive, nuanced book addresses the more complex theoretical issues embedded in the qualitative research paradigm. Adopting a reflective stance that emphasises the role of the researcher it carefully avoids a standardised ‘tick box’ approach to methods. Throughout each chapter, theory is powerfully and persuasively interwoven as its impact on practical topics such as data management and safety in the field is discussed. O’Reilly and Kiyimba bring an authority and clarity to the debate, taking us beyond the mechanical notions of qualitative methods and standardised approaches to research. Instead, they focus on subjects like methodological integrity, perspective driven data collection and theoretically-led analysis. This will be an important resource for anyone looking to practically engage with advanced qualitative research methods.

Perspective-driven data collection

Introduction

This chapter debates issues related to prospective research planning versus retrospective decision-making and potential consequences related to this. The overall argument relates to advocating congruence between the ontological, epistemological and methodological levels of research design, which informs choices regarding the data collection methods and analytic frameworks. We contextualise this by discussing some of the most common methodologies within qualitative work and highlighting the relevance and importance of maintaining methodological boundaries. One of the most important decisions to be made at an early stage is whether data will be researcher-generated or naturally occurring. This decision hinges heavily on the methodological protocol. In this chapter we use an example of the popular method of interviews to illustrate the necessity of congruence at different ...

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