Journal article

Understanding and evaluating qualitative research

E Fossey, C Harvey, F McDermott, L Davidson

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Qualitative research aims to address questions concerned with developing an understanding of the meaning and experience dimensions of humans' lives and social worlds. Central to good qualitative research is whether the research participants' subjective meanings, actions and social contexts, as understood by them, are illuminated. This paper aims to provide beginning researchers, and those unfamiliar with qualitative research, with an orientation to the principles that inform the evaluation of the design, conduct, findings and interpretation of qualitative research. It orients the reader to two philosophical perspectives, the interpretive and critical research paradigms, which underpin both t..

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