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Dipping Qualitative Toes into a Quantitative Worldview: Methodological Manoeuvres in a Multicultural Context

  • Cynthia Cowling
  • Celeste Lawson
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)

Abstract

Radiography is a health science with rich opportunities for qualitative research, yet only 5 % of published research in radiography is qualitative. This chapter maps the journey of one radiography researcher who used comparative ethnography to study the sociological underpinnings of radiographic practice in seven countries. She encountered issues and pitfalls that needed to be overcome in terms of not only methodology but also practice. The researcher was obliged to justify a qualitative approach to the profession in order to access the varying cultural and socioeconomic data collection sites. The insider status of the researcher became a critical element in the interpretation of certain professional behaviours in a variety of contextual cultural influences.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia Cowling
    • 1
  • Celeste Lawson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Education and the ArtsCQUniversity Australia/Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education and the ArtsCQUniversity AustraliaRockhamptonAustralia

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