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Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation, 4th Edition by Elizabeth J. Tisdell, Sharan B. Merriam

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AppendixThe Methodology Section of a Qualitative Research Study

Sharan B. Merriam

A qualitative research proposal, whether it's a full chapter of a prospective dissertation or an abbreviated methods section of a proposal, must explain to the approving/funding committee the design of the study, how a sample will be selected, how data are to be collected and analyzed, and how trustworthiness will be ensured. The following is a template of the methodology section or chapter (usually the third chapter of a dissertation or thesis) for a qualitative research study. Each section is keyed to a chapter in this book where you will find more detailed coverage of that topic. This is only a general guideline; each study is unique, and what is included ...

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