Mary Lynne Derrington’s Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Researching Implementation and Change addresses the use of the qualitative longitudinal methods, their unique methodological features, and the challenges and benefits to this approach. This short supplemental text uses examples of published studies, and the author’s own stories and examples, to show application of the concepts. A chapter on how to prepare a manuscript for publication concentrates on the distinctive aspects of publishing longitudinal studies. The book will be useful to those researching change and its impact on organizations and individuals resulting from the implementation of programs and policies.

Building on Qualitative Research With a Longitudinal Design

In this chapter, the reader will

  • explore qualitative longitudinal studies applied to various methodologies,
  • examine examples of qualitative studies using a longitudinal approach, and
  • consider longitudinal studies’ importance in understanding change.

Longitudinal qualitative research is not limited to certain fields and disciplines. Although qualitative research originated in anthropology and sociology, it is used internationally in education as well as various other social sciences, including such fields as child development, life history, and organizational research. Searching the university library system for longitudinal studies, I found 1,806,790 sources covering a wide range of topics, such as supportive parenting, entrepreneurial small firms, and nurses’ experience in restructuring organizations.

My search in the International Journal of Qualitative Research yielded an additional 335,832 studies. Furthermore, ...

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