Qualitative Data Collection in a PhD Dissertation/Thesis

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As you ask, "How to write methodology for my dissertation?" you need dissertation help in understanding qualitative research methods,strategies, attributes of data collection and analysis, and the challenges to you as researcher when you employ quantitative vs qualitative research methods.

Note: this section is an excerpt from our first book (pg 69-): James, E. A., Milenkiewicz, M., & Bucknam, A. (2008). Participatory action research: Data driven decision making for educational leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage and answers the question, "How do I use qualitative data as I write my dissertation?" It is provided here as part of the dissertation help series.

Qualitative data are particularly appropriate because they can help us understand people’s reactions, beliefs, and behavior more clearly.  Upgrade now to see the rest of this  content

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  • Comment Link Simon Quattlebaum Friday, 26 July 2013 12:30 posted by Simon Quattlebaum

    Thanks for the detailed information on qualitative data collection! I see I have my work cut out for me. It cannot be any more challenging than completing the IRB application! Although my study eliminates data collection over a lengthy period of time and observing a specific event, I look forward to the challenge of analyzing, transcribing, and summarizing!

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