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Moving along Qualitative Methodological Pathways

Moving along Qualitative Methodological Pathways

This chapter introduces readers to qualitative research methodologies and methods, and the characteristics associated with conducting this type of research. Researchers who are seeking to understand complex or diverse human circumstances tend to favour using qualitative methods rather than quantitative methods, which usually involve some form of experimental control or statistics. Subsequently, the next chapter focuses on quantitative methodology and methods.

Undertaking qualitative research allows the focus to be more in-depth on smaller populations, capturing the experiences and the meanings attributed to these experiences by the participants, in a detailed and intimate way. The chapter includes references to qualitative research designs which encompass phenomenological inquiry, ethnographic methodology, historical research, case studies, action research, and policy analysis. Also discussed are some ...

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