ERIC Number: ED247620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Qualitative Research: Recognizing Our Personal Judgments.
Avery, Robert K.; McCain, Thomas A.
The observations gleaned from the experiences of two editors of speech communication journals served as the basis for the identification of the limitations inherent in research studies employing qualitative methods. Among their observations are the following: (1) qualitative research remains a relatively ill defined descriptor which embodies a wide range of research activity; (2) because qualitative research means different things to different people, evaluators of qualitative studies bring to bear radically different expectations, sets of evaluative criteria, and predispositions regarding format and style of presentation; (3) given the uneasiness over the appropriate standards for the execution and reporting of qualitative studies, reviewers tend to be more conservative in their estimation of a manuscript's worth and less willing to give specific guidance for revising the manuscript; and (4) based on the number of quality submissions to the journals, there is a paucity of qualitative research that merits publication. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Qualitative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (34th, San Francisco, CA, May 24-28, 1984).