For much qualitative research analysis of social reality requires that we understand the 'symbolic world' of those we study, that is, the meanings and interpretations that people apply to their experiences. The researcher may start with some understanding of the phenomena, even before finishing the collection of data, but this understanding expands during the course of the project by continually checking data against interpretations until we are satisfied we have a full grasp of the phenomena.
|Title of host publication||Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work|
|Subtitle of host publication||Themes, Methods and Approaches|
|Editors||Saul Becker, Alan Bryman, Harry Ferguson|
|Place of Publication||Bristol, UK|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2012|
|Name||Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice series|