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.

Reclaiming Qualitative Design for the Applied Disciplines

Reclaiming qualitative design for the applied disciplines
Sally Thorne

Qualitative Tradition and the Challenge of Impact

When scholars within the applied and practice disciplines turn to qualitative research, they do so for the purpose of generating knowledge that can be put to use. Scholarly communities in such disciplines as medicine, nursing (see Thorne, Chapter 68, this Handbook), social work (see Gilgun, Chapter 66, this Handbook)or education (see Tarozzi, Chapter 65, this Handbook) are underpinned by foundational sets of core disciplinary assumptions, values, commitments and aspirations that together constitute a shared understanding of why one would engage in research in the first place. These foundational disciplinary understandings therefore drive the purpose and direction of inquiry. Each approaches ...

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