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Keywords

INSIDER RESEARCH, QUALITATIVE STUDIES, RESEARCH SETTINGS

 

Authors

  1. Asselin, Marilyn E. PhD, RN,C

Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of research studies in staff development and an emergence of qualitative research using such methods as observation and interview. Because of the flexible, iterative nature of qualitative research, there are several issues staff development specialists should consider when doing this type of research in their own settings. This article defines "insider research," discusses issues unique to insider research that can threaten the trustworthiness or credibility of the study, and provides examples from a staff development perspective. Recommended techniques for data collection and analysis are provided to avoid the pitfalls of insider research