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ERIC Number: EJ906609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Strategically Reviewing the Research Literature in Qualitative Research
Chenail, Ronald J.; Cooper, Robin; Desir, Charlene
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v4 n2 p88-94 2010
Reviewing literature in qualitative research can be challenging in terms of why, when, where, and how we should access third-party sources in our work, especially for novice qualitative researchers. As a pragmatic solution, we suggest qualitative researchers utilize research literature in four functional ways: (a) define the phenomenon in question, (b) identify the research gap situating the study, (c) support the author's methodological choices, and (d) compare and contrast what was learned through the study's results with what was previously known and not known about the phenomenon. As qualitative research journal editors, we offer this guidance to novice qualitative researchers conducting and reporting qualitative research as well as to professors and individuals reviewing qualitative study reports.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A