Qualitative research is growing in Asia and globally. In an Asian context, this requires an awareness of a completely different set of norms, practices, and expectations than those covered by books from a western perspective. This handbook truly celebrates these differences. Spanning the full research process, from philosophy and ethics to design and methods and through data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination, it focuses specifically on the practicalities needed to conduct effective and culturally responsive research in the Asian context. This handbook extends beyond researchers actually in Asia and also speaks to researchers working with Asian participants, researching in Asian immigrant neighbourhoods, and studying the larger global topics like socioeconomic challenges, climate change, or technological advancement. This is the first book to focus specifically on qualitative research in the Asian context and includes diverse contributors from Asia such as the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, Oman, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, and from other continents such as North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Section 1: Foundations of Qualitative Research in Asia; Section 2: Qualitative Research Designs; Section 3: Best Practices in Dealing with Qualitative Research Data; and Section 4: Other Qualitative Research Topics.

Appreciative Inquiry in the Asian Context

Appreciative Inquiry in the Asian Context

Appreciative inquiry in the asian context
Kenneth Swansi Innocent Sigauke

This chapter focuses on the meaning of appreciative inquiry and its use as a qualitative research design. The chapter begins by exploring the definition, roots and philosophical foundations of appreciative inquiry and then discusses its research design components, such as data collection and data analysis. The chapter concludes with an outline of the major strengths and criticisms of appreciative inquiry. It is hoped that, by sharing the perspectives outlined in this chapter, researchers will be encouraged to use appreciative inquiry in their own research designs.


Appreciative inquiry is an approach that brings about change by focusing on the positive aspects of phenomena. ...

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