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Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development serves as a step-by-step, interdisciplinary, qualitative methods text for those working in the areas of family studies, human development, family therapy, and family social work. Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry J. Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.

Methods of Data Collection and Creation
Methods of data collection and creation

In this chapter, we will explore some of the main methods used in qualitative inquiry. In contrast with methodology, which is concerned with a broader set of beliefs and theoretical assumptions, method refers to the specific tools or techniques used in gathering and generating data. Specifically, we will examine observation methods, interviewing approaches, and focus group techniques.

Before we look closely at some of these methods, it is important to examine how the language of method highlights certain kinds of epistemological assumptions. Our usual language of referring to “collecting” or “gathering” data highlights the separation between the researcher who is the gatherer and the researched who provide the data. Researchers are thereby presented in a ...

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