Definition, Consistency And Neutrality Must Be Addressed?

976 WordsDec 11, 20144 Pages
Marshall and Rossman (2006) stated that the issue of applicability, consistency and neutrality must be addressed whenever every systematic inquiry into human condition is executed. There are some critiques of qualitative research namely reliability/dependability, generalization/transferability, flexibility, time consuming, objectivity/confirmability, credibility/believability, and sampling/variables. The criticism of qualitative studies inability to generalize their findings to the population is not valid. Williams et al., (2004) asserts that the goal of qualitative research is that one of interpretation, describing individuals’ definitions of their situations and the meaning they attribute to their behaviors truthfully as possible. Qualitative studies are based on theoretical nonrandom samples that help researcher examine experiences of groups about which our knowledge is limited to. To counter this criticism, the researcher are encouraged to show how data collection and analysis will be guided by concepts and models-this states the theoretical parameters of the research can be used to make new policy (Marshall and Rossman 2006). According to Small (2009) argued that snow-ball sampling is a technique that always increases the number of respondent because people become more receptive to a researcher when the latter has been vouched for by a friend as trustworthy. This is likely to constitute a social network of people who know each other and again this follow the precepts
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