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.

Qualitative Data Collection

Qualitative Data Collection

Qualitative data collection
Christian E. Ekoto Pavel Zubkov Gemini Asok

Data collection is a critical phase in the process of qualitative research. It would be erroneous, though, to assume that collecting data is merely a technical step. Data is more than bits and pieces ready to be collected (Merriam & Tisdell, 2016). It requires researchers’ full immersion into the participants’ reality. Speaking of arts and morality, Murdoch (1970) points out the danger of an eccentric approach and personal fantasy, “which prevents one from seeing what is there outside” (p. 57). This is true of qualitative research as well. Analyzing life is a complex task that involves a process of ...

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