Qualitative research has been the subject of much meta-research into its reliability and usefulness. Below are some scholarly sources that talk about the value of qualitative research, and especially how to use it in education. Note that qualitative research is often used in nursing and medicine as well, and you may see sources that talk about it in those domains; generally, the concepts are relatively transferable.
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Additional resources can be found in the following general journals:
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