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CRIM 321
Sheri Fabian

Designing Qualitative Research, Access and Sampling QLR  Researchers accountable for both quality of research and its claims  Strategically conducted yet flexible and contextual  To achieve this: - Sound research strategy - Be sensitive to changing contexts and situation - Moral practice - Consider political context QLR research design  Design is continuous  NOT deductive  Inductive research doesn’t mean blank slate - Must be open to change - QL researchers have ‘open but not empty minds’ (Janesick, 2000, p384) Approaching QLR  Focus on process as much as definitions  How did you - Reach conclusions? - Formulate criteria? - Conceptualize topic?  Why did you choose topic? - What meaning does it hold for you? QLR research design  Links theory to data using selected methods and analytic techniques  Provides systematic, procedural guidelines for conducting research and analysis - Considers representation and legitimation - Gives voice to participants  Addresses research questions Designing QLR  Think creatively about methods  Focus on links between methods and research questions  Think strategically  Anticipate processes of sampling and data analysis More about designing QLR  Evidence and substantiation  Quality as critical practice  Ethical considerations  Practical considerations Research objectives consider…  Role of values in research process  Understand – all research is directly or indirectly political  Acknowledge influence of bias  Recognize that research you do reflects what you believe Designing research questions?  Research questions need to be: - Clear and unambiguous - Focused, but not too narrow - Capable of being researched thru data collection - Feasible - Of at least some interest to you - Have reason for doing it Importance of research questions  Research questions guide  Flexible – prepare to realign research as it evolves  “plumbing up” QLR (Chenail) - Research should have a basic an simple reason for doing it - Stay on track without compromising research by imposing pre-set notions The plumb line  Area of curiosity  Mission questions  Data to be collected  Data to be analyzed  KEY POINT - Draw plumb line early and often Sense-making in inquiries  Coherent inquiries must make sense - How does project fit into larger c
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