How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Ethics of Qualitative Data Collection

Donna M. Mertens

Qualitative data collection brings complex ethical issues to the surface because of the personal nature of this activity when qualitative methods are used. As we have all heard many times, ‘the researcher is the instrument', thus qualitative research includes an integral aspect of the need to be responsive to interpersonal relations that may not be as salient in quantitative research. While ethical review boards have criteria for defining ethical research, the approval process for research through this process is sometimes interpreted to be a hurdle that has to be jumped over and then the study can begin. In qualitative research, it is critically important that researchers are aware of how they ...

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