Comparing Qualitative Research Design
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Qualitative research study can be defined as the systematic research approach that involves description of the various experiences and interpreting their meanings. The main purpose of qualitative research approach is to gain an understanding of a given phenomenon. There are different designs of qualitative research approach that can be used in research studies. The common types of qualitative research design used to conduct research studies include case study, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory and [in academic writing, if this is a series, place a comma before the final conjunction (and)] historical design. This essay compares three qualitative research designs that includes case study, ethnographic and [in academic writing, if this is a series, place a comma before the final conjunction (and)] phenomenological research designs. Case Study
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Case study is a qualitative research design that helps in the understanding issues to strengthen the knowledge that has been already gained. A case study involves a detailed analysis of a specified event so as to enable detailed description of an organization, a person, community of a group (Yin, 2009). Case studies can be used to answer question that relates to strengths and weaknesses of an individual, organizations or groups through comparison of issues between different entities. Case study is explored within a bounded context and is regarded as strategy of a comprehensive research and inquiry of an entity Data Collection
The selection of the sample for a case study depends on the objectives of the research study. The cases selected for the study should be relevant and similar to the research work. The sample size of case study is often limited and bounded to reflect the information required. It can be made up of one or more entities [Insert comma] depending on the nature of the investigation required in the research (Yin, 2009). To allow for [This is a phrasal verb, two words that together mean something different from their individual definitions--looking up each word in the dictionary would not produce the meaning, which could cause misinterpretation in an international business communication. Try different wording, such as simply "allow" or a form of "provides," "permits," etc.] a detailed analysis, case study often comprises of a single entity that is ["Single" is often used as an intensifier, but it is redundant--how is "often comprises of a single entity that is" different from "often comprises of a entity that is"? ] [Wordiness: see if you can remove "that" or "that is"] carefully selected to reflect on the requirement of the research. Multiple data collection can be used in case study. Detailed data collection methods are used in case study to provide reliable and accurate results. Data collection methods of a case study can include observations, interview, audiovisual materials, documents, and reports. It is also important that a case study should be based on primary sources of information such as interviews and observation. However [Check punctuation: When starting a sentence, "However" followed by a comma means "Nevertheless." Add a comma here to this sentence] the use of appropriate secondary sources of materials such as audiovisual materials documents and reports can also be useful in conducting case study. Data Analysis
The analysis of data collected through case study involves data categorization and interpretation. This requires the researcher to group the data collected in categories and interpret them in terms of their characteristics and themes. The analysis of the data collected from the case study can also involve synthesis of ideas and experiences gained from the cases. The data analysis can either use embedded analysis, which considers a specific concept of case, or holistic analysis for the entire case. The...
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