1 Collaborate – Think Critically: Learn from researchers who have been in your shoes – use their examples and experiences to explore how their ‘lessons learned’ can improve your own research approach. Take it one step further with additional thought-provoking questions online.

17.1 True or false?

Do you agree that qualitative research should not be the same as journalism?

Try to find a newspaper piece where the journalistic focus is on a public issue, e.g., the economy, and consider how your research would take a different approach to the topic.

Does the article make the familiar appear strange, or does it focus on unusual or exceptional cases? How would you investigate the issue and what questions would you seek to answer?