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.

The Qualitative Data Collection Cycle

Qualitative inquiry, by nature, is a customized, inductive, emergent process…. It means purposely adopting different lenses, filters, and angles as we view social life so as to discover new perceptions and cognitions about the facet of the world we’re researching.

(Saldana, 2015, pp. 3–4)

What Is Qualitative Research?

For decades, scholars and researchers have struggled to define qualitative research. Patton (2015), Merriam (2002), and Maxwell (2005, 2013) agree that in its most fundamental form, qualitative research explores peoples’ lives, behaviors, emotions, and perceptions. This definition does not, however, take us far enough into the intricacies of qualitative inquiry. From the qualitative, interpretive lens of viewing phenomenon, the focus of attention for qualitative research must revolve around the individual and unique experiences of ...

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