Definition, characteristics and ethics of qualitative research

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Definition, characteristics and ethics of qualitative research by Mind Map: Definition, characteristics and ethics of qualitative research

1. Qualitative vs Quantitative research

1.1. Qualitative researchers are interested in comprehending the meaning people have given to certain things according to their experiences.

2. Characteristics

2.1. 1.Naturalistic

2.1.1. Subjects are studied in their natural environment

2.2. 2. Descripive

2.2.1. Based on data, including interviews, trasncripts, photographs, videos, personal documents, etc.

2.3. 3.Concern with the process

2.3.1. It focuses on process rather than results, the main methods of data collection involve active participation of people.

2.4. 4.Inductive

2.4.1. Theories ans concepts are constructed based on the data collection.

2.5. 5.Meaning

2.5.1. The most important things are the meaning and the indivicuals' perspective.

3. Ethics

3.1. There are a few ethical considerations when doing a qualitative research.

3.1.1. 1. Avoid research topics where participants may feel unconfortable.

3.1.2. 2. Protect participants' privacy and answers.

3.1.3. 3. Consider the time others have.

3.1.4. 4. Treat participants with respect and consideration.

3.1.5. 5. Be honest with the results you have achieved.

3.2. Ethical principles can make researchers achieve the goals of a research as well as respect the participants’ rights

4. Definition

4.1. There are some definitions depending on the point of view of the author.

4.1.1. John Creswell (1994): "process of understanding based on distinct methodological traditions."

4.1.2. Leslie Curry (2015): "strategie to collect, organize and interpret textual information systematically to generate insights into phenomena difficult to measure."