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.

Synthesis: The Qualitative Story

Synthesis: The Qualitative Story

We think metaphorically of qualitative research as an intricate fabric comprising minute threads, many colors, different textures, and various blends of material.

(Creswell & Poth, 2018, p. 41)

A Multifaceted Enterprise

Qualitative research requires the integration and coordination of many different components. Lincoln and Guba (1985) describe qualitative research as naturalistic, emergent, and multidimensional; Creswell and Poth (2018) describe the qualitative study as a complex but well-coordinated patchwork of many elements. In short, the qualitative approach is inherently interpretive, reflecting the rich nuances of the human condition. Thus, a qualitative project requires flexible, adaptable tools in order to capture the tangible and the intuitive aspects of the natural world. Moreover, these tools must be compatible and mutually supportive when they are used in ...

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