Flashcards in Introduction to qualitative research methods Deck (10)
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?
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