Qualitative research designs

After reading this chapter, you should see the role of research designs in qualitative research; know about what influences the construction of designs and what the components are; know the basic designs that can be used; and understand, from examples, what characterizes a good or bad design in qualitative research. The term ‘research design’ is less common in qualitative research than in the quantitative area, where it is the major instrument for planning research and securing the quality of its results. According to such an understanding, Ragin defines the term ‘research design’: Research design is a plan for collecting and analysing evidence that will make it possible for the investigator to answer whatever questions he or she has posed. The design of an investigation touches almost all aspects of the research, from the minute details of data collection to the selection of the techniques of data analysis. (1994, p. 191) ...

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