In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

A Conceptual Overview of Five Inquiry Approaches

A Conceptual Overview of Five Inquiry Approaches

From these sketches of each tradition, we can identify fundamental differences among these types of qualitative research. Table 4.1 presents several dimensions. At a most fundamental level, the five differ in what they are trying to accomplish: their focus, or the primary objective of the study. Exploring stories of a life is different from generating a theory or describing the behavior of a cultural group. Moreover, although overlaps exist in discipline origin, some traditions have fewer interdisciplinary traditions (e.g., grounded theory from sociology; ...

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