“Accurate, clearly written, and easy to understand even for the beginning researcher, with equal coverage of both qualitative and quantitative research. This is the only book to combine a textbook approach with a how-to approach.”
—Carol Roberts, Professor, University of La Verne
Author, The Dissertation Journey
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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Chapter 5: Qualitative Research Designs
Qualitative Research Designs
In this chapter, we continue the discussion of methods of inquiry from Chapter 3; however, in this chapter we guide you through qualitative and mixed methods research designs. Just as quantitative research begins with basic human observation and curiosity, qualitative research does also. The science of qualitative research seeks to have the researcher look ...