Understanding and Evaluating Research: A Critical Guide shows students how to be critical consumers of research and to appreciate the power of methodology as it shapes the research question, the use of theory in the study, the methods used, and how the outcomes are reported. The book starts with what it means to be a critical and uncritical reader of research, followed by a detailed chapter on methodology, and then proceeds to a discussion of each component of a research article as it is informed by the methodology. The book encourages readers to select an article from their discipline, learning along the way how to assess each component of the article and come to a judgment of its rigor or quality as a scholarly report.

Reporting Qualitative Research Methods

Reporting Qualitative Research Methods

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the concept of an emergent research design, appreciating that it is nonlinear and not sequential (compared to a deterministic, quantitative research design)
  • Compare and contrast the seven main qualitative research designs
  • Identify and compare the methods deemed most appropriate for qualitative studies, organized by (a) seeking to understand phenomena and the meanings people attach to them and (b) focusing on power relationships in society
  • Articulate in great detail the relevant research conventions that should be used when reporting and writing the Methods section of a qualitative study (from site selection to data analysis)
  • Become familiar with the terms qualitative researchers use for research integrity and quality, and learn the attendant strategies to meet the standards for this research methodology


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