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Jennifer Featherston

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 11: Qualitative Research

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Qualitative Research
Qualitative research

Qualitative research provides rich and detailed accounts of matters under examination in ways that other, more traditional types of research are unable to express. One of the most important distinctions that sets qualitative psychological research apart from more traditional types of research is that qualitative research is holistic, in that researchers study phenomena in their entirety rather than narrowing the focus to specific defined variables. In this chapter, you will be presented with information that beginning students of qualitative research and prospective researchers should know.

Qualitative research is exciting and vital for producing new information. It is a highly satisfying endeavor in that it connects us with individuals, activities, and situations that are of importance to research. It allows for the careful exploration ...

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