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dc.contributor.authorPovee, Kate
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Lynne
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-30T10:58:30Z
dc.date.available2017-01-30T10:58:30Z
dc.date.created2014-09-11T20:00:17Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationPovee, K. and Roberts, L. 2014. Qualitative research in psychology: Attitudes of psychology students and academic staff. Australian Journal of Psychology. 66 (1): pp. 28-37.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/7235
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/ajpy.12031
dc.description.abstract

Qualitative research is experiencing a resurgence within the field of psychology. This study aimed to explore the range of attitudes towards qualitative research in psychology held by students and academics, using the model of attitudes by Eagly and Chaiken as a framework. Twenty-one psychology students and academics were interviewed about their attitudes towards qualitative research. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. While qualitative research was described as inherent to the psychology profession and useful for generating rich data, some participants felt that this approach was not well respected or considered as legitimate as quantitative methods. Reflecting common misperceptions about qualitative research, participants also expressed concerns that qualitative research was too subjective and had limited generalisability. Furthermore, some participants felt that they lacked the skills and confidence necessary to conduct qualitative research. Large investments in time and resources were identified as barriers to undertaking qualitative research. Identifying attitudes towards qualitative research provides a basis for future work in dispelling myths, promoting attitudinal change and increasing both the use and teaching of qualitative approaches in psychology.

dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
dc.subjecttheoretical and methodological issues
dc.subjectteaching of psychology
dc.subjectattitudes—beliefs and values
dc.subjectresearch methods and statistics
dc.titleQualitative research in psychology: Attitudes of psychology students and academic staff
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.volume66
dcterms.source.startPage28
dcterms.source.endPage37
dcterms.source.issn0004-9530
dcterms.source.titleAustralian Journal of Psychology
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This is an electronic version of an article published in Povee, K. and Roberts, L. 2014. Qualitative research in psychology: Attitudes of psychology students and academic staff. Australian Journal of Psychology. 66 (1): pp. 28-37.

curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access


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