Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

Other Sources of Qualitative Data

Aims

This chapter will

  • Outline the range of other potential sources of data, including documents, visual materials and the internet.
  • Give an idea of the sorts of questions that these data sources can help researchers to address.
  • Review the advantages and limitations of the various data sources – including the use of pre-existing, researcher- and participant-generated materials.
  • Assist the researcher in making decisions as to which of these additional data sources to explore in the context of specific studies.
  • Discuss the challenges and explore implications for development of researchers’ skills.
  • Compare the advantages conferred with these methods with those offered by more traditional data sources.
  • Review the role of these additional data sources and approaches in tandem with the use of other methods (in mixed methods designs, ...
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