Disadvantages of Qualitative Methods/Interpretivism

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Reliability
The social characteristics of the researcher can affect how the respondent feels about them; this can affect the reliability of the research
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Subjective
Positivists say that subjectivity can affect the quality of the research; a counter is that no research is truly value-free
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Researcher bias
Findings are the product of the researcher and what they choose is important enough to publish
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Lack of control
Qualitative methods are difficult to compare, which makes them difficult to generalise from
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Social desirability
The respondents might doctor the truth in order to be seen in the best possible light
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Operationalisation
Operationalisation further allows the researcher to impose their own values on the research
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Representativeness and generalisability
Qualitative studies have small samples, which makes them difficult to generalise
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Positivists say that subjectivity can affect the quality of the research; a counter is that no research is truly value-free

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Qualitative methods are difficult to compare, which makes them difficult to generalise from

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The respondents might doctor the truth in order to be seen in the best possible light

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