Qualitative research design is continually evolving. It is not only more established in disciplines beyond the traditional social sciences in which it is a standard choice, but also just as impacted by the changes in what data, technologies, and approaches researchers are using. This Handbook takes readers through the foundational theories, functions, strategies, and approaches to qualitative research design, before showcasing how it negotiates different data and research environments and produces credible, actionable impact beyond the study. Containing contributions from over 90 top scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this Handbook is not just an anthology of different qualitative research designs and how/when to use them; it is a complete exploration of how and why these designs are shaped and how, why, and into what they are evolving. This is a valuable resource for Master's and PhD level students, faculty members, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines such as health, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and education. Volume One: Part I: Concepts of Designing Designs in Qualitative Research; Part 2: Theories and Epistemological Contexts of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 3: Elements of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 4: Basic Designs and Research Strategies in Qualitative Research; and Part 5: Mixing Methods in Designing Qualitative Research. Volume Two: Part 6: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Kinds of Data; Part 7: Designing Qualitative Online and Multimodal Research; Part 8: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Groups and Areas; Part 9: Designing Qualitative Research in Disciplinary Fields; and Part 10: Designing Qualitative Research for Impact.

The Fallacy of Rigor: Examining Checklist Criteria as an Indicator of Quality1

The fallacy of rigor: examining checklist criteria as an indicator of quality
Janice M. Morse

We are in the midst of A Great Crisis in qualitative inquiry – one that is not new, but one that has been developing over the past two decades. This crisis has arisen from an increasing recognition of the significance of qualitative inquiry and the concomitant surge of its use by new scholars, inclusion in curricula, textbooks, journals and articles, and the expansion of qualitative methods to include both mixed-methods designs and randomized control trials.

While this surge of attention on qualitative inquiry should be a healthy and welcomed change, there is a downside, hence ...

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