“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” - sociologist William Bruce Cameron.
Qualitative research allows a deeper understanding of topics than can be obtained through quantitative research alone. Qualitative research uses methodologies such as focus groups, in-depth interviews, and direct observation so researchers can investigate stakeholders’ attitudes, beliefs, and preferences. Qualitative research methods allow evaluation of a question that may not be easily answered through quantitative methods.
QualPage: Examining the world through qualitative inquiry
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CIRT Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching - Grand Canyon University
Research Ready: Qualitative Research Certification Program 9 modules
example module "When to Use Qualitative Research"
The Qualitative Report (ISSN 1052-0147) is a peer-reviewed, on-line (open access) monthly journal devoted to writing and discussion of and about qualitative, critical, action, and collaborative inquiry and research.
Qualitative Research (QRJ) is a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and review articles on the methodological diversity and multi-disciplinary focus of qualitative research. (Kenyon College Library provides online access to this and other SAGE Journals)
Communicating Qualitative Research Study Designs to Research Ethics Review Boards
Ells, Carolyn. (2011). Communicating qualitative research study designs to research ethics review boards. The Qualitative Report, 16(3), 881-891. Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR16-3/ells.pdf