Publication Details

Carter, S. M. (2010). Enacting internal coherence: as a path to quality in qualitative inquiry. In J. Higgs, N. Cherry, R. Macklin & R. Ajjawi (Eds.), Researching Practice: A Discourse on Qualitative Methodologies (pp. 143-151). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.


In this chapter, I am going to make an argument about how to judge quality and do quality in qualitative research, I'm a little trepidatious taking this on: it's an old subject and many great authors have written on it elegantly (just a few examples: Angen, 2000; Barbour, 2001; Flick, 2007; Mason, 2002; Seale, 1999). People come to blows over the quality of qualitative research, perhaps because it goes to the question of whether it's worth doing research at all. Questions about quality are a big deal.