Reference : Aggregation, Validation, and Generalization of Qualitative Data - Methodological and ...
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/29049
Aggregation, Validation, and Generalization of Qualitative Data - Methodological and Practical Research Strategies Illustrated by the Research Process of an empirically Based Typology
English
Weis, Daniel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Willems, Helmut mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
2016
Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Springer Science+Business Media
Yes
International
1932-4502
1936-3567
New York
USA
[en] Qualitative research ; Data aggregation ; Data validation ; Generalization ; Single case analysis ; Type ; Typology ; Empirical construction of types and typologies ; Theoretical sampling
[en] The article deals with the question of how aggregated data which allow for generalizable insights can be generated from single-case based qualitative investigations. Thereby, two central challenges of qualitative social research are outlined: First, researchers must ensure that the single-case data can be aggregated and condensed so that new collective structures can be detected. Second, they must apply methods and practices to allow for the generalization of the results beyond the specific study. In the following, we demonstrate how and under what conditions these challenges can be addressed in research practice. To this end, the research process of the construction of an empirically based typology is described. A qualitative study, conducted within the framework of the Luxembourg Youth Report, is used to illustrate this process. Specifically, strategies are presented which increase the likelihood of generalizability or
transferability of the results, while also highlighting their limitations.
Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) > Institute for Research on Generations and Family
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/29049
10.1007/s12124-016-9372-4
http://rdcu.be/nLWv

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