Volume 20 Number 1 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka


The Shifting Future of Qualitative Research
John Wesley Taylor V
Deconstructing Myths in Qualitative Research
John Wesley Taylor V 

Sentiment Analysis of the Conflict of Ages Series 
Darrin Thomas

Precursors and Outcomes of Place Branding:
A Conceptual Framework 

Innocent Sigauke

Fostering Quality in Qualitative Research:
A List of Practical Strategies 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka


International Forum 
Vol. 20, No. 1
April 2017
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497

Deconstructing Myths in Qualitative Research

Abstract. From the perspective of the qualitative researcher, there are certainly myths regarding qualitative inquiry, such as qualitative research is not scientific; qualitative research is totally subjective; qualitative research is merely descriptive; and qualitative is simply not reliable. While responses have been provided that seek to confront these external myths, qualitative researchers must also ask themselves: Could there also be myths within qualitative research? Might there be false beliefs that distort our view of reality, and that cause us to create misconceptions of regarding the qualitative approach and its methodologies? In this article, we consider four of these internal myths and endeavor to set the record straight.

Keywords: qualitative research, qualitative inquiry, myth, false belief, tabula rasa, literature review, generalizability, generalization, focus group, risks



John Wesley Taylor V, PhD, EdD
Associate Director of Education
General Conference, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

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