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Three Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry

Define and explain 3 major research designs for qualitative research.

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Case Study

Creswell (2013) defined a case study as the study of a real-world case bound by time and place. In order to establish the role of theory in a case study, the researcher must understand the objective of the case study (Creswell, 2013). The intent of the study can be determined by the type of case study being conducted. Intrinsic case studies describe a remarkable case while instrumental case studies are focused around a specific issue or area of concern (Creswell, 2009). The use of theory will be dependent on the intent of the case study. An intrinsic case study may not attempt to support or develop a specific theory. Detailed documentation and explanation of the case will be presented. At the end of the study, the researcher may offer themes discovered during the research process (Creswell, 2013). In an instrumental case, the goal of the researcher may be to further develop or understand a theory (Creswell, 2013).

Grounded Theory

Grounded theory, unlike other forms of qualitative research, is not centred around the description of events and experiences to deepened understanding. Grounded theory asks questions and ...

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This solution offers a brief description of three approaches to qualitative inquiry. The three approaches are the case study, grounded theory, and phenomenology.