Week 2 Assignment

  • focusing on the differences among the following four types of qualitative research approaches:
    • Generic qualitative inquiry
    • Qualitative case study
    • Grounded theory and realism
    • Phenomenology and heuristic inquiry
  • Locate the Qualitative Research Approaches Matrix Template in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Read the examples of research studies provided in this week’s Learning Resources.

Qualitative case study


grounded theory


Phenomenology and heuristic inquiry


Complete the Qualitative Research Approaches Matrix Template for the four approaches highlighted this week. Some of the cells have been pre-populated with sample entries or with prompts to help you focus your comparisons.



Qualitative Research Methods Matrix

  Approach Disciplinary Roots Focus of Central Research Question Unique Terminology Primary Data Sources Sampling Issues Analysis Plan Guidelines References
Submit in Week 2 Basic Qualitative Inquiry Philosophy, history constructionism, phenomenology · How can the experience of [an event, circumstance, program, a context] be described or explored?

· What is the meaning of [a process, program, or event] to the target individual(s) of interest?


· What “practical” knowledge can be learned?

Use of the words “describe,” “explore,” “experience,” and “meaning” in title and research questions Interviews Choice is a function of the question Content analysis is a good choice as it is generic and exploratory Elo et al., 2014 Merriam, 2009

Saldana, 2016

Worthington, 2013

  Qualitative Case Study              
  Grounded Theory and Realism     Emergence of theory, inductive, theoretical sampling, constant comparison, open coding, axial coding, saturation, memo writing        
  Phenomenology and Heuristic Inquiry   What is the meaning, structure, and essence of the lived experience of this phenomenon for this person or group of people?

What is my experience of this phenomenon and the essential experience of others who also experience this phenomenon intensely?

Submit in Week 3 Social Constructivism and Narrative Inquiry         Select individuals who have directly experienced the phenomenon of interest    
  Systems Theory   How and why does this system as a whole function as it does?

What are the system’s boundaries and interrelationships, and how do these affect perspectives about how and why the system functions as it does?

  Ethnography and Autoethnography  

        Ellis, Adams & Bochner, 2011

Hoey, 2014

Rose, 1993

  Interactive and Participatory Qualitative Applications     Action research, co-researcher, participant-researcher, learning organization, dialogue, appreciative inquiry        

Highlight indicates example response.

Modified from Patton, M.Q. (2014). Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications

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