Qualitative Research Format

Qualitative research is “ a form of social inquiry that tends to adopt a flexible and data-driven research design, to use relatively unstructured data, to emphasize the essential role of subjectivity in the research process, to study a small number of naturally occurring cases in detail, and to use verbal rather than statistical forms of analysis” (Hammersley 2013, What is qualitative research, 12).

Qualitative Research Format

Preliminary Pages

  • Title Page
  • Certification or Approval Sheet
  • Dedication (Optional)
  • Acknowledgement (Optional)
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Abstract

Chapter 1: The Problem and Literature Review

  • Background of the Study
  • Literature Review
  • Research Problems
  • Theoretical or Conceptual Framework
  • Scope and Limitations
  • Definition of Terms

Chapter 2: Methods and Procedures

  • Qualitative Design and Methodology
  • Research Site
  • Selection Criteria and Participants
  • Data Collection
  • Role of Researcher
  • Methods of Validation
  • Ethical Considerations

Chapter 3 Findings and Discussion

  • Findings and Discussion

Chapter 4: Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

  • Summary of the Study
  • Summary of Findings
  • Limitations
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations

Supplementary Pages

  • References
  • Appendices
  • Curriculum Vitae