lecture 2 - Experiencing the Qualitative Research Process...

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Experiencing the Qualitative Research Process 11-28-06 Alicia Deal
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Evaluating Qualitative Data Ambert, et. al. (1995): family studies Rice-Lively (1995) Common Themes: - Theory & linkage to the literature - Sample - Analysis - Validity & Reliability - Procedure & Ethics - Contribution
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“the emerging conceptual & theoretical framework must be clearly stated & linked to the existing empirical literature & when appropriate, to existing theories” (Ambert, 884) “it is important that the issues, concepts, topics, themes, or dimensions of the study are linked to the roots of the unanswered questions or dilemmas in the existing research literature” (Ambert, 884) “link it to related fields of inquire & to show why this populaiton, issue, or question has not been previsoulsy addressed in the extant research” (Ambert, 884) “Did the paper describe an important clinical problem addressed via a clearly formulated question?” (Question 1: Greenhalgh) Rice-Lively - Expertise - Research question(s) - Purpose - Literature review
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Sample An adequate sample depends on several criteria including the type of question posed, the complexity of the model studied, the availability of informants or of texts, purpose of the study Generalize to an entire population: “the sample can be constituted in order to include individuals or families who are as diverse as the general population studied” (Ambert, 885) Generalize to theory: “the intensive study of a small number of cases can provide an explanation of cause-effect relationships w/i or b/t families of a similar type” (Ambert, 885) Theoretical sampling (Ambert, 885) Be aware of time expenditure on part of researcher (Ambert) Theoretical saturation (Ambert, 886) Rice-Lively: Sample
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Analysis “”restate the essentially dynamic process of qualitative research analysis” (Ambert, 884)
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course CJ 771 taught by Professor Menard during the Fall '07 term at Sam Houston State University.

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