The Structure and Writing of Qualitative Reports

The Structure and Writing of Qualitative Reports

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8549-8.ch008
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The first section of this chapter contains information related the structure of the introduction of the qualitative projects' reports. Readers should be able to compile appropriate background to the study, statement of the problem, research objective, research questions, significance of the study, and other requirements for qualitative projects. The second section contains details related to the review of literature. The readers should be able to understand and apply empirical and theoretical literature in qualitative projects. The third section discusses the structure of methodology of qualitative projects and the strategies of executing it. The analysis and discussion of qualitative data is discussed in Section 4. The final section contains the concluding structure of qualitative research reports.
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1 Key Concepts

Structure of Qualitative Reports – are important subheadings of qualitative reports.

Statement of the Problem – is the description of problem in a research project.

Objectives of the Study – what a project should achieve by the end of its execution.

Theoretical Literature – the discussion of the study with the related theories.

Empirical Literature – literature based on five senses from journal articles, published and unpublished theses/dissertations.

Research Methodology – the overall plan for qualitative data gathering.

Response Rate – the actual number of respondents who participated in data gathering as compared to the number proposed by the researcher.

Demographic Characteristics – Bio data of respondents.


2 Learning Outcomes

By the end of the chapter, readers should be able to;

  • Identify and address components of the introductory structure of qualitative reports.

  • Understand the basic types, steps of undertaking and writing literature review section.

  • Identifying and addressing components of methodological structure of qualitative reports.

  • Understand the demands of analysis & discussion sections of qualitative projects.

  • Address components of concluding sections of qualitative reports.

  • Acquire practical skills/knowledge of writing qualitative reports.

  • Write ideal qualitative reports with minimum challenges.


3 Introduction

Qualitative and quantitative reports’ differences are based on research philosophy. The reports differ in terms of their structure and content. By now, readers should appreciate the fact that qualitative projects are controlled by the inductive methods while quantitative projects are shaped by deductive projects. The aim of this chapter is to equip readers with practical skills of writing qualitative projects. The readers should be able to handle qualitative reports with minimum challenges. Therefore, this chapter covers the following components of the qualitative reports structure;

  • Introductory Structure of Qualitative Reports.

  • Literature Review for Qualitative Reports.

  • Methodology for Qualitative Reports.

  • Analysis & Discussion of Qualitative Data

  • Concluding Sections of Qualitative Reports


4 Introductory Structure Of Qualitative Reports

In most cases, the chapter one of qualitative reports is called introduction. The introduction consists of several subheadings but they are not limited to the subsections suggested under this section.

  • Background to the Study

  • Statement of the Problem

  • Research Objectives

  • Research Questions

  • Significance of the Study

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