Qualitative Research

  • D. K. Martin
  • M. F. McKneally


Qualitative research is an interdisciplinary, interpretive field of inquiry. The qualitative researcher uses predominantly nonstatistical analytic procedures to generate information from data gathered from field observations, structured interviews, focus groups, case studies, document analyses, and other sources that describe routine and problematic moments and meanings in individual lives1.


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  • M. F. McKneally

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