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Instruments in Qualitative Research

Given that the researcher is considered an instrument in qualitative research, what are the implications for potential bias with this researcher role? How can a researcher minimize this inherent bias?

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GIVEN THAT THE RESEARCHER IS CONSIDERED AN INSTRUMENT IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR POTENTIAL BIAS WITH THIS RESEARCHER ROLE? HOW CAN A RESEARCHER MINIMIZE THIS INHERENT BIAS?

The major difference between qualitative and quantitative research accuracy is related to researcher biases. Within qualitative research, the researchers are more likely to receive criticism regarding the manner in which their own opinion influences their data observations and findings. The biases that can occur during qualitative studies are one of the reasons why scholars have debated the legitimacy of qualitative research studies.

For example, let’s say you’re observing an interaction between a mother and a child at the grocery store. In this situation, the mom is yelling at her child. The mom is using some choice words with the child, which you believe is inappropriate. From the moment of observation, you might ...

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This solution provides detailed information regarding the role of the researcher in qualitative studies. Implications for the researcher’s role and inherent biases are discussed throughout this solution. This solution is detailed!

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