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"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.

Qualitative Methods of Inquiry
Qualitative methods of inquiry

On reading this chapter you should:

  • understand the interpretative nature of qualitative research, and the importance of the participants' frame of reference;
  • be aware of the major characteristics of qualitative methods of inquiry; and
  • be aware of the popular qualitative methods suitable for undergraduate research.

This brief chapter deals with qualitative approaches to data collection. Section 17.1 focuses on the characteristics of qualitative methods of inquiry. The importance of language and understanding the participants' frame of reference are highlighted. Section 17.2 briefly describes some of the popular qualitative methods of data collection that are suitable for undergraduate research projects in psychology for example the interview, observation, participatory action research and the case study.

Characteristics of Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

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