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Generalization practices in qualitative research: A mixed methods case study.

Onwuegbuzie A, Leech N ...see all

Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, vol. 44, issue 5 (2010) pp. 881-892 Published by Springer

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Abstract

The purpose of this mixed methods case study was to examine the generalization practices in qualitative research published in a reputable qualitative journal. In order to accomplish this, all qualitative research articles published in Qualitative Report since its inception in 1990 (n = 273) were examined. A quantitative analysis of the all 125 empirical qualitative research articles revealed that a significant proportion (i.e., 29.6%) of studies involved generalizations beyond the underlying sample that were made inappropriately by the author(s). A qualitative analysis identified the types of over-generalizations that occurred, which included making general recommendations for future practice and providing general policy implications based only on a few cases. Thus, a significant proportion of articles published in Qualitative Report lack what we call interpretive consistency. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • 2010
  • Generalization (Learning)
  • Practice
  • Qualitative Research
  • generalization practice
  • qualitative research

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Authors

  • Anthony J Onwuegbuzie

  • Nancy L Leech

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