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An Introduction to Qualitative Research
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Checklist: Selecting a Qualitative Research Method
What do I know about the issue of my study, or how detailed is my knowledge already?
How developed is the theoretical or empirical knowledge in the literature about the issue?
Am I more interested in exploring the field and the issue of my study?
What is the theoretical background of my study, and which methods fit this background?
What is it that I want to get close to in my study – personal experiences of (a group) of certain people or social processes in the making? Or am I more interested in reconstructing the underlying structures of my issue?
Do I start with a very focused research question right away, or do I start from a rather unfocused approach in order to develop the more focused questions during the process of my project?
What is the aggregate I want to study – personal experiences, interactions, or situations, or bigger entities like organizations or discourse?
Is it more the single case (e.g., of a personal illness experience or of a certain institution) I am interested in or the comparison of various cases?
What resources (time, money, personnel, skills, etc.) are available to run my study?
What are the characteristics of the field I want to study and of the people in it? What can I request of them and what not?
What is the claim to generalization of my study?
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