Qualitative Methodology Essay
Qualitative Research Methodology
© 2002 Michael Quinn Patton and Michael Cochran
Reproduced with kind permission of Michael Quinn Patton
This guide to using qualitative research methodology is designed to help you think about all the steps you need to take to ensure that you produce a good quality piece of work.
most important steps in your research!), to how to develop a research protocol; and finally giving you tips on the sampling methods which are available and how to use them.
The guide starts by telling you what qualitative methodology is and when to use it in the field (understand people’s belief system, perspectives, experiences). It also flags the most important …show more content…
1. What is qualitative research? Aims, uses
(ii) Group interviews
and ethical issues
a) What is a group interview?
a) What is qualitative research?
b) Advantages of group interviews
b) When to use qualitative methods
c) Practical issues
c) Ethical issues
(iii) Contextual data
2. How to develop qualitative research designs
a) The research question
b) Reports and other written data
b) The research protocol
c) Oral data
c) A word on sampling
4. Data management and analysis
3. How to generate data
Confidentiality and security issues
a) Interviews- what are they?
b) Topic guides
c) Asking questions
d) Interviewing skills
Thematic analysis of data
e) Managing expectations
The use of computer software
1. What is qualitative research? Aims, uses and ethical issues
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted