The Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry –

A quick look at the similarities and differences between the Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry in qualitative research.  

I created this as a quick reference guide to understanding the qualitative research approaches.  

Narrative Research
Phenomenological Research
Grounded Theory Research
Ethnographic Research
Case Study Research


Creswell, J. W. (2013). Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.  

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