Qualitative Data General Topics

The following topics could be asked as exam questions.

  • Qualitative vs. quantitative data (link)
  • Observation Methods (link)
    • naturalistic
    • overt
    • covert
    • participant
    • non-participant
  • Observation Considerations (e.g. Hawthorne effect, disclosure)
  • Analysing observational data
  • Case Studies 
  • Case studies to investigate a problem
  • Generalizability
  • Sampling techniques
  • Participant expectations
  • Researcher bias
  • Credibility
  • Triangulation
  • Interview methods
    • semi-structured (link)
    • narrative (link)
    • focus group (link)
  • Interview considerations (e.g. sampling method, data recording, traditional versus postmodern transcription, debriefing).
  • Analysing interview data
  • Reflexivity
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Evaluating the qualitative approach