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Ph.D. Course: Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative research methods is “an umbrella term covering an array of interpretive techniques which seek to describe, decode, translate, and otherwise come to terms with the meaning, not the frequency, of certain more or less naturally occurring phenomena in the social world (Van Maanen 1983, p. 9).” Methodology decisions are necessarily tied to particular epistemological stances and theoretical orientations and often occur simultaneously.

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