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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a qualitative research design unit of a standard research methods in psychology course. Topics covered include:
- Qualitative research sources
- Case study design
- Pros and cons of ethnographic design
- Historical research design
- Positives and negatives of grounded theory design
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Field Study: Definition & Research
Field studies are often done in natural settings or where the variables naturally occur. This lesson further discusses field studies, the various ways data is collected, and the components needed to collect an efficient sample of research data.
9. Phenomenology of the Social World by Alfred Schutz
Phenomenology is among the methods used in the social sciences to study things like experiences, memories, and emotions. This chapter explains the basics of phenomenology in the social sciences.
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- Principles of Ethical Research: Help and Review
- Setting Up the Research Study: Help and Review
- Data Collection Techniques in Psychology: Help and Review
- Nonexperimental Research: Help and Review
- Quasi-Experimental Research: Help and Review
- Sampling and Generalization: Help and Review
- Measurement in Research: Help and Review
- Internal Validity in Research: Help and Review
- External Validity: Help and Review
- Experimental Design: Help and Review
- Descriptive Statistics in Psychology: Help and Review
- Inferential Statistics in Psychology: Help and Review
- Evaluating Research Findings: Help and Review
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