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Cultural and Political Factors in Conducting Qualitative Research in China

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posted on 2023-05-16, 22:32 authored by Yang, G, Le, T
One of the main strengths of qualitative research is to focus on ideas, concepts and meanings involving individuals and groups of people in their own discourse. Instead of testing a narrow hypothesis or making a generalisation about a population on certain issues under investigation, qualitative research attempts to present different insights which can only be unearthed by direct and personal engagement with research participants (Brannen, 1992). This engagement should take place in a natural social context where real life takes place. However, conducting qualitative research in China can pose a huge challenge for both Chinese and international researchers. This paper examines some problems (ethics, linguistics, etc) of using qualitative research methods and tools such as interviews, participant observation, and Critical Discourse Analysis in China.

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Publication title

Qualitative Research Journal

Volume

8

Pagination

1-11

ISSN

1443-9883

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

Informit

Place of publication

Australia

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© 2008 RMIT Publishing

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  • Restricted

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Equity and access to education

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