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Summary Qualitative Research Methods

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  • 1 Lecture 1

  • 1.1 quantitative vs. qualitative research

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    • Nomothetic knowledge
    • reductionist research
    • standardised methods 
    • replicable
    • non-normative 
    Empirical-analytical approach
    • Idiographic knowledge 
    • holistic research 
    • unstandardized methods
    • more difficult to replicate 
    • non-normative 
    Empirical-interpretive approach
  • 1.2 characteristics of qualitative research

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  • Systematically collecting and analysing data step-by-step in order to develop theory
    Grounded-theory approach
  • Types of data sources:
    • People
    • physical reality
  • 1.5 Sampling in qualitative research

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  • The group from which you select/sample research units and to which you would like to generalize your findings
    Research population
  • General characteristics of samples in qualitative research:
    • Relatively small sample size 
    • research units are studied intensively 
    • sequential selection of research units 
    • looking for a wide range of different perspectives 
  • Selecting research units intentionally according to the needs of the study
    Purposive sampling
  • Sampling is driven by a theoretical framework
    Deductive
  • 2 Lecture 2

  • 2.1 qualitative interview

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    • Use of open ended
    • perspective of the interviewee
    • influence of the interviewer
    Unstructured interview
  • A series of cycles in which the researcher moves back and forth among the data collection and the analysis
    Grounded theory approach
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