This guide to qualitative research has been used as an introductory text on several master's level courses aimed at teachers, health professionals and business consultants. Its overall purpose was to ground research based enquiry learning. It is not meant to be definitive. Its purpose is to begin the process of people thinking about doing their own research for their own purposes. In each course it was revised to meet the needs of the students and was first placed on the Enquiry Learning Unit website in 1995. It is continually being revised. For explorations of carrying out interviews, see From Interview to Inter-View and Interviewing - Creating the Space for Views. For further insights into research methodologies go to the qualitative research resources page. To begin the journey, click on the links to each chapter below....
Chapter 1 WHAT IS QUALITATIVE RESEARCH?
Chapter 2 QUALITATIVE VERSUS QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH
Chapter 3 RESEARCHING ACTION AND CHANGE
Chapter 4 ACTION RESEARCH
Chapter 5 EVALUATION - A CASE STUDY AS AN EXAMPLE
Chapter 6 WHAT IS EVALUATION?
Chapter 7 HOW TO DO EVALUATION
Chapter 8 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 9 SOME THEORIES OF LEARNING AND THE PROCESS OF PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION
To take your ideas and understandings about qualitative research to the next level see my recent books:
Schostak, J.F. (2002) Understanding, Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research in Education. Framing the Project. Open University Press
Schostak, J.F. (2006) Interviewing and Representation in Qualitative Research Projects, Open University press
Schostak, J. F., and Schostak, J.R. (2008) Radical Research. Designing, Developing and Writing Research to Make a Difference, RoutledgeThe radical turn in qualitative research recognises the political nature and implications of all research claiming to represent and produce 'knowledge', 'evidence' , 'facts' that inform the judgement and actions of people in their every day lives generally, and in particular, managers and policy makers.
Brief Glossary on Qualitative research