The authors analyze the observational methods which historically form the basis of the field of psychology. They go on to address topics such as: validity and reliability, training issues, ethics, and use of qualitative computer programmes. In the second part, issues related to the application of qualitative methods are considered, for example HIV//AIDS, feminist perspectives, vocational, and adolescent development.

Locating the Qualitative Research Genre

Locating the Qualitative Research Genre

Locating the qualitative research genre
Lisa TsoiHoshmand

Much has been written and debated on the nature of qualitative research and the philosophical assumptions that undergird the qualitative tradition. Rennie has focused on the logic of justification in qualitative research, characterizing this research genre as “methodical hermeneutics” (Rennie, 1996; also chap. 1, this volume). He has helped clarify the ...

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