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Ch 6: Qualitative Research Methods and Design

About This Chapter

Use the following video lessons and quizzes to learn about qualitative research and design. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Qualitative Research and Design - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In these video lessons, our knowledgeable, professional instructors will provide you with an overview of qualitative research, using examples to describe sources for qualitative research, including archival records, physical artifacts, focus groups and direct observation. Other lessons discuss various types of design, such as case study design, ethnographic design, grounded theory design and historical research design. By the end of this chapter, you should have knowledge of topics including:

  • Definition of qualitative research
  • Sources for qualitative research
  • Case study design
  • Ethnographic design
  • Historical research design
  • Grounded theory design
  • Phenomenological design

Video Objective
An Overview of Qualitative Research Provides a brief overview of qualitative research.
What is Qualitative Research? - Definition, Sources and Examples Discuss sources for qualitative research including documentation, archival records, physical artifacts, direct observation, participant observation, focus groups and interviews.
Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages and Disadvantages Examine the case study, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of case studies.
Ethnographic Design: Definition, Advantages and Disadvantages Analyze ethnographies, and the advantages and disadvantages of them.
Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages and Limitations Take a look at historical research, including its advantages and disadvantages.
Grounded Theory Design: Definition, Advantages and Disadvantages Study grounded theory, including the advantages and disadvantages of this theory.
Phenomenological Design: Definition, Advantages and Limitations Find out about phenomenology, including the advantages and disadvantages.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Qualitative Research Methods and Design
An Overview of Qualitative Research

1. An Overview of Qualitative Research

Sometimes, a research study does not have results made up of numbers. In this lesson, we'll look at qualitative research, compare it to quantitative research and examine some of its strengths and limitations.

What is Qualitative Research? - Definition, Sources & Examples

2. What is Qualitative Research? - Definition, Sources & Examples

Sometimes research does not involve simple numbers that you can analyze. When that happens, where do researchers get their data? In this lesson, we'll look at qualitative data and the major sources of it.

Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

3. Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Often, research involves looking at large numbers of people. But sometimes, researchers want to look at just a few people in-depth. In this lesson, we'll examine case studies and their strengths and limitations.

Ethnographic Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

4. Ethnographic Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Though often researchers are interested in individuals, sometimes they are more interested in the characteristics of a community at large. In this lesson, we'll look at ethnographic research and its advantages and disadvantages.

Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

5. Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

Most research involves looking at what's happening right now. But what if a researcher wants to look at the past and what it can tell us about the future? In this lesson, we'll explore historical research design, its steps, and its pros and cons.

Grounded Theory Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

6. Grounded Theory Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Everyone knows that a scientist has to develop a hypothesis before gathering data. But what if a scientist does it the other way around? In this lesson, we'll examine what grounded theory is and its strengths and weaknesses.

Phenomenological Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

7. Phenomenological Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

Some researchers are interested in how humans experience certain phenomena. In this lesson, we'll look at one way to study the universal experience of phenomena through phenomenological research and its strengths and limitations.

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