ERIC Number: EJ804020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Brief Note on the Origins, Evolution, and Meaning of the Qualitative Research Concept "Thick Description"
Ponterotto, Joseph G.
Qualitative Report, v11 n3 p538-549 Sep 2006
The origins, cross-disciplinary evolution, and definition of "thick description" are reviewed. Despite its frequent use in the qualitative literature, the concept of "thick description" is often confusing to researchers at all levels. The roots of this confusion are explored and examples of "thick description" are provided. The article closes with guidelines for presenting "thick description" in written reports.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Evolution, Anthropology, Counseling Psychology
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