Innovation in qualitative research methods: a narrative review

Wiles, Rose and Pain, Helen and Crow, Graham (2010) Innovation in qualitative research methods: a narrative review. NCRM Working Paper. NCRM. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This is a working paper version of an article that was published in Qualitative Research Volume 11 Issue 5, October 2011. This NCRM working paper reviews methodological innovation in qualitative research. It comprises a narrative review of 57 papers published between 2000-2009 in which claims to innovation in qualitative methods have been made. These papers encompass creative methods, narrative methods, mixed methods, online/e-research methods and software tools. The majority of claims of innovation are made for new methods or designs with under half claiming adaptations or adoption of existing methodological innovations. However,there was limited evidence of wholly new methodologies or designs; papers related either to adaptations to existing methods or innovations, or to innovations involving the transfer and adaptation of methods from other disciplines, primarily from arts and humanities. Nevertheless, these innovations have the potential to make an important contribution to qualitative research practice. The rate of diffusion of the innovations appears greater for visual, performative and narrative approaches. Ways to share developments in ‘routine’ innovations of established methods need to be identified.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.24 Frameworks for Research and Research Designs (other)
3. Data Quality and Data Management > 3.2 Quality in Qualitative Research
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
ID Code:919
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:29 Mar 2010 11:05
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 10:16

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