A basic overview of the categories within which qualitative research fall is below. These six categories were developed by Jacob (1987) and they show the categories of research widely used in education.
Jacob, E. (1987). Qualitative Research Traditions: A Review. Review of Educational Research, 57(1), 1-50.
Marshall, C., & Rossman, G. B. (1989). Designing qualitative research. Newbury Park, California: Sage publications.
Main Methods of Data Collection:
Note: There are many methods of data collection and each has strengths and weaknesses. For example, in-depth interviews are useful for uncovering participants perspectives, but they are time consuming:
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