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.

Using the Research Question to Guide Qualitative Data Collection Tool Design

Your research questions … are at the heart of your research design. They are the one component that directly links to all of the other components of the design … and will have an influence on, and should be responsive to, every part of your study.

(Maxwell, 2005, p. 65)

The Role of the Research Question in the Design of Qualitative Tools

The overview of qualitative research designs in Chapter 1 helps the reader connect the qualitative research purpose with the qualitative data collection tool. Each researcher must ask the following questions in anticipation of developing their tools: What do you want to know, and where will your data come from?

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