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Qualitative Research: Valuable or Irrelevant?

Qualitative Research: Valuable or Irrelevant?,10.1080/02674649266780151,Disability & Society,Colin Barnes

Qualitative Research: Valuable or Irrelevant?   (Citations: 36)
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This paper evaluates qualitative research methods in relation to the emancipatory research model. It identifies the main reasons why researchers opt for qualitative research, describes the principal data collection techniques used by them, and discusses some of the problems associated with these procedures. Drawing on insights gained from doing qualitative research in day centres for disabled young adults, I argue that these methodologies are fundamental to the emancipatory research paradigm; but their relevance can only be determined by researchers' willingness to challenge the institutions which control disability research production.
Journal: Disability & Society - DISABIL SOC , vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 115-124, 1992
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