Choosing Among 5 Qualitative Research Approaches
Have you wondered how to determine the best fit of a qualitative research approach with the study purpose for your research idea? Together, in this half day session, we will explore the designs and procedures inherent to five qualitative research approaches: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. The session will be organized around four key questions: What are the origins and defining features of each approach, what types and methods are associated with each approach, what data analysis and writing structures are commonly used for each approach, and what challenges and ethical considerations are likely encountered for each approach? Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas for a qualitative study to explore during the workshop as there will be embedded opportunities for small and large group discussions. No prerequisites but some understanding of the fundamentals of qualitative research is assumed. Participants may wish to explore the following reference as background reading for the session: Creswell, J., & Poth, C. (2017). Qualitative inquiry & research design: Choosing among five approaches (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.