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What is qualitative research?

-focuses on everyday life of people
-interested in their social worlds
-origins in anthropology (report = ethnography)


Why are qualtitative methods used?

-useful when little is know about a subject
-not everything can be measured in a meaningful way
-collect rich/in depth data
-small scale studies
-insight into peoples lives (within social context - natural environment)
-holisitc - focus on whole person
-EMIC perspective - insides point of view


What does the key term constructivism mean?

-we construct out social worlds
-reality = constructed through human activity (we invent properties of the world)
-indivs. create meaning through their interactions with each other and with their environment


What does the key term interpretation mean?

-closely related to idea of social construction
-interpret events and things in our lives differently


How are data collected?

-in-depth interviews (group/individual)


What are the main features of qualitative research?

-EMIC perspective - researcher explores experiences and feelings
-how these are interpreted by indivs. (not fixed - change over time)
-researcher then interprets what they see and hear


What are the different types of study?

-grounded theory


What is an ethnography?

-study of culture
-origins in anthropology
-e.g. study of the culture of a seminar group


What is a phenomenology?

-study of phenomena
-study of the lived experience of indivs.
-e.g. study of lived experience of being a student nurse


What is grounded theory?

-specific set of methods
-idea = generate a theory (set of ideas about how something works)
-e.g. how STNs are socialised in to a ward environment
-which actions lead to which outcomes and in which circumstances?
-hypotheses generated - tested out