There are 10 unique attributes associated with qualitative research. These were discussed briefly in an article posted in this blog back in 2013. One of the most fundamental and far-reaching of these attributes is that the qualitative researcher is the “instrument” by which data are collected. The data-gathering process in qualitative research is facilitated by interviewer or moderator guides, observation grids, and the like; however, these are only accessories to the principal data collection tool, i.e., the researcher or others on the research team.
As the key instrument in gathering qualitative data, the researcher bears a great deal of responsibility for the outcomes. If for no other reason, this responsibility hinges on the fact that this one attribute plays a central role in the effects associated with three other Read Full Text