A critical appraisal of pilot techniques in qualitative research

Date of publication: February 1, 1970

Abstract:

In many ways the qualitative research techniques have remained static over the years and have come to be taken very much for granted. It is perhaps instructive therefore, in the context of greater sophistication in quantifying attitudes, to re-appraise these basic qualitative techniques. This paper suggests that perhaps we are not always critical enough of the ways in which, and occasions on which, we use the various pilot techniques open to us.

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