Covers an often-omitted subject in general qualitative textbook Benefits from the extensive qualitative research experience of its author Provides starting point templates for readers conducting original qualitative research Offers readers suggestions for using and adapting the qualitative instrument templates Ties each template back to methods and methodology to ensure trustworthiness and rigor Provides templates of interview protocols, focus group moderator guides, content analysis tools, document analysis tools, reflective questionnaires, diary and journal logs, and observational rubrics Gives the reader either a cut-and-paste solution for their own research or a starting point to design their own personalized qualitative tools.

Reflective Practice Tools

Reflective practice encompasses the process of learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self- and/or practice; this involves examining assumptions of everyday practice … and being self-aware and critically evaluative.

(Finlay, 2008, p. 1).

Reflective Practices Defined

Reflection is an important element in the practice of qualitative research, and reflective practices provide researchers with a meaningful way to enhance a qualitative study. Reflective practices also enrich a study by broadening the scope of self-awareness, self-consciousness, and cognitive processing that occurs when any topic is probed from a person’s unique experience (Alvesson & Skoldberg, 2010). These practices include the participant’s reflections as well as the researcher’s reflections; the former is considered a participant’s reflective stance, while the latter is considered a researcher’s ...

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