Qualitative Research Methods

  • Yvette C. Latunde


This chapter provides information about some of the philosophical assumptions related to qualitative research in parental involvement. The importance of qualitative research is discussed, and readers are provided with examples of qualitative works. It examines strengths and limitations of frequently used qualitative methods while discussing important contributions to the field via qualitative studies. Lastly, this chapter connects qualitative methods, theories, research questions, and data collection strategies.


Qualitative Research Parental Involvement Challenging Behavior Qualitative Researcher Special Education Service 
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  • Yvette C. Latunde
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  1. 1.Teacher EducationAzusa Pacific UniversityAzusaUSA

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