Qualitative Methodology Discussion
Crowley-Henry, Marian and Dolan, Paddy and Donnelly, Paul and Freeman, Olivia and Horan, Conor and O'Rourke, Brendan (2009) Qualitative Methodology Discussion. In: Approaches to Qualitative Research – Theory & its Practical Application: A Guide for Dissertation Students. Oak Tree Pres Cork, Ireland , pp. 261-282. ISBN 978-1-904887-31-7
Chapter 11 is a discussion on the nature of qualitative research. In this chapter, a number of contributors to the book contribute to a roundtable discussion on qualitative methodologies. Here, they express their thinking in relation to a range of questions on qualitative methodologies put to them by the moderator, one of the editors of the volume. The objective of the chapter is to provide readers with an insight into a free-flowing discussion amongst academics on the nature of qualitative research. This takes the readers outside of the carefully-structured arguments of the authors, as set out in their various chapters, and presents their thinking on the topic at an ‘instinctual’ level. This is also something that dissertation students are not often exposed to – an insight into the debates that occur between academics on the nature of research. Such an insight will show that, even amongst those using qualitative research as a tool, there are widely-differing opinions as to how to approach this topic. Hopefully, readers will also be able to take from this chapter the idea that stimulating discussions amongst peer groups is a great way of teasing out the intricacies of complex subject matters. They will see that failure to reach consensus on an issue is not a bad thing as, in research, as in many other areas of life, there are often no right or wrong answers, only results that require interpretation. Most of all, this chapter presents a myriad of ideas on the ways in which qualitative research can be used in the search for answers to questions.
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