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Generalization practices in qualitative research: a mixed methods case study

by Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Nancy L. Leech
Quality & Quantity ()

Abstract

The purpose of this mixed methods case study was to examine the \ngeneralization practices in qualitative research published in a reputable \nqualitative journal. In order to accomplish this, all qualitative research \narticles published in Qualitative Report since its inception in 1990 ( n = 273) \nwere examined. A quantitative analysis of the all 125 empirical qualitative \nresearch articles revealed that a significant proportion (i.e., 29.6%) of \nstudies involved generalizations beyond the underlying sample that were made \ninappropriately by the author(s). A qualitative analysis identified the types of \nover-generalizations that occurred, which included making general \nrecommendations for future practice and providing general policy implications \nbased only on a few cases. Thus, a significant proportion of articles published \nin Qualitative Report lack what we call interpretive consistency. [ABSTRACT FROM \nAUTHOR]

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