9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 The Quality of Qualitative Research Building II, B2.01

Managing the Quality of Qualitative Research

Qualitative research has come of age and undergoes a permanent process of proliferation. Different research programs and approaches have developed and the variety of qualitative methods is permanently growing. However, some basic issues in qualitative research still seem unsettled. One of these construction sites of qualitative research is the quality issue: How to define and how to assess the quality of qualitative research how to distinguish good from bad research when it comes to teaching, funding, planning, evaluating and publishing qualitative research. Several ways are gone to answer this question. Different versions of developing criteria are available, sometimes the answer is sought in formulating standards and sometimes it is the use of strategies for promoting quality in qualitative research, which is suggested for solving this problem. After a brief overview of the state of the discussion on quality in qualitative research, some strategies for improving the quality of qualitative research will be discussed. In particular, triangulation, quality management and clarifying the indication of using particular methods will be addressed.

Flick, U. (2008). Managing the Quality of Qualitative Research. London/ Thousand Oaks, CA/ Dehli: Sage.