A brief overview of qualitative research


This chapter provides general descriptions and definitions for a variety of qualitative research approaches. The chapter is framed by discussion of the anthropological foundations of ethnographic and other qualitative methods.

Key words

qualitative research


qualitative methods

focus groups


ethnographic research

unobtrusive methods

grounded theory

This chapter will provide a cursory overview of qualitative research approaches. Keep in mind that this is not meant to be a research manual, or a how-to book, so there are many features that are crucial to the research process that are not discussed. These include constructing a theoretical framework, creating a research ...

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