Qualitative inquiry is not merely a research method or a series of analytic steps, but a holistic process that challenges the age-old qualitative/quantitative dichotomy. This book provides students and researchers with an approachable guide to a range of interpretive perspectives, including thematic, narrative, and arts-based types of inquiry. Fully revised and updated, the new Second Edition features:  • A brand new introduction firmly placing qualitative inquiry in context  • New further reading sections to guide you deeper into the relevant literature  • Expanded sections on auto-ethnography and technology  • A range of examples to demonstrate the application of research techniques Presenting a clear overview of the theory, method and interpretation involved in qualitative inquiry, this book is the ideal starting point for those engaging in arts-based qualitative research.

Concluding Thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

Qualitative inquiry, whether thematic, narrative, or arts-based, has evolved into what is now a particularly interesting place. It has become a legitimate form of research embraced by inquirers world-wide, and has produced a sense of excitement because of the relative speed with which it has diversified and grown in the last three decades. Digital technology has made the possibilities for creating new research avenues, expediting the communication of work, and shrinking the distances among scholars and there is no doubt that technology will continue to thrive and offer uncontemplated possibilities.

Westbrook (2018) indicates that there are, however, some critical issues facing qualitative inquirers. He suggests that the corporatization of universities, the extensive focus by both student and parents on university programmes that ensure ...

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