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Historical Qualitative Research: How Can It Help?

What Is Historical Qualitative Research?

historical qualitative researchHistorical qualitative research as well as qualitative comparative analysis or qualitative analysis psychology concerns the identification, location, evaluation and synthesis of data from the past. The events of the past can be related to the present and future. Historical research is useful in a large number of fields. Healthcare and psychology make use of patient histories in determining treatment, and can use the history of parents, grandparents and other relatives to try and determine the chances of certain health problems cropping up. Historical research has been done to help in current international relations and can also be useful in researching economic trends. When there is some sort of recorded data of past events in a particular area or field there is the opportunity to increase knowledge in that area.

Developing a Historical Research Strategy

When undertaking historical qualitative research having an outline to use as a guide is a standard procedure. A historical qualitative research design serves that purpose, and will consist of the following steps:

  1. Formulate an idea – The first step in any research is to find the idea and come up with the research question. Reading other researchers work is how many people find ideas and get research questions.
  2. Formulate a plan – This step is where you will consider getting your data from. Consider what sources are available to you and how sources may be approached.
  3. Data collection – The actual gathering of the data. It could be newspapers, articles from journals, court records, diaries or some other recorded source. Interviews may also be a source of data.
  4. Analyze Data – Go through data looking for patterns and trends related to your research question. Examine discrepancies in data and see if they can be accounted for or if some other data can corroborate one of the conflicting data.
  5. Analyze the source of data – Examine how accurate the data is. Historical data should be subjected to external criticism which is concerned with the authenticity of data, and internal criticism which deals with data accuracy. Consider whether sources are primary or secondary. Look for biases and motivations that may affect sources perception.
  6. Evaluate the results of the analysis to see if the research question was answered to your complete satisfaction. If it wasn’t return to step 2 and repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.

Critiquing Historical Qualitative Research Design

There are many types of qualitative research methods aside from historical qualitative research. Each is unique but there are some general criteria that may be used to evaluate pretty much any qualitative research, These general criteria include:

  • Is the specific qualitative approach named and described?
  • Will the study findings have significance for the field?
  • Is the data collection and recording process fully presented?
  • Is it clear that researcher bias was avoided?
  • Is the data analysis method consistent with the purpose and approach to the study?
  • Are the study findings clearly presented and any study limitations clearly acknowledged?

Historical qualitative research is most effective when used in conjunction with other research methods. The Association for Qualitative Research has a website at http://www.aqr.org.uk/ for those who wish to learn more about qualitative research.

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