Research Design Review was first published in November 2009 and currently includes over 110 articles concerning quantitative and qualitative research design issues. “Qualitative Research Design: Selected Articles from Research Design Review Published in 2014″ is a compilation of 13 articles that were published in 2014 devoted to qualitative research design. To some extent, all of these articles revolve around the idea that adopting quality standards in qualitative research design is critical to the credibility, analyzability, transparency, and usefulness of the outcomes; with the first article making the case that quality issues transcend the paradigm debates.
Because analysis is often deemed the most difficult part of a qualitative study, a number of the articles in this collection pertain to “finding meaning,” data verification, and inference, along with discussions on reflexivity as an important contributor to the analytical process. These articles also touch on newer channels and modes in qualitative research, such as social media and mobile, as well as the evolving stature of qualitative research in areas such as psychology and political science.
The following Table of Contents presents the titles of the 13 articles included in this paper:
1. The Transcendence of Quality Over Paradigms in Qualitative Research
2. Finding Meaning: 4 Reasons Why Qualitative Researchers Miss Meaning
3. Reflections from the Field: Questions to Stimulate Reflexivity Among Qualitative Researchers
4. Verification: Looking Beyond the Data in Qualitative Data Analysis
5. Resisting Stereotypes in Qualitative Research
6. The Elevation of Qualitative Research Design: The Dawning of a New Day
7. Turning Social Media Monitoring into Research: Don’t Be Afraid to Engage
8. If I Conduct a Large Qualitative Study with 100 Participants, is it Quantitative Research? Three Big Reasons Why the Answer is “No!”
9. Integrating Quality Features in Qualitative Mobile Research Design
10. Observational Research Nurtures a Growing Interest in Contexts
11. The Many Faces of Qualitative Research
12. Qualitative Content Analysis: The Challenge of Inference
13. Qualitative Research: Using Empathy to Reveal “More Real” & Less Biased Data