Qualitative Research in Health Sciences – Week 3
Difference between methodology and methods is…
Methodology describes the research process and methods are data collection tools
What qualitative methodology is most suitable for the following study?
The purpose of this study is to understand the essence of lived experience of stress in university students
Does it make sense to use quantitative design for this study?
Smoking affecting lung capacity of teenage girls
Which is a more appropriate qualitative research question?
How does smoking affect lung capacity
How does smoking affect relationships with family
Qualitative researchers most often follow an inductive approach… This means:
They start with the social world and find a theory that supports it
When a researcher no longer learns anything in a research setting, he or she has reached the stage of…
Varies from quantitative because you have to do x number of interviews but you can stop with
qualitative when you hit theoretical saturation.
If a researcher’s paradigm is a positivism perspective, he or she sees reality
From a realist perspective.
One of the foundations of qualitative research is to reject the notion of an objective reality…
True – all truths are subjective to the observer
Being aware of the researcher’s philosophical assumptions is important because:
It affects how they make research questions, how they seek info, and how they view the world…
ALL THE ABOVE
Research is guided by a set of beliefs (worldview/paradigm) A paradigm is:
- Your worldview
- Guided set of beliefs
A continuum of positivism (quantitative) -> constructionism (qualitative)
Researcher’s paradigms are based on: