In this chapter we discuss five forms of what we have been calling “structured inquiry.” These are methodologies for research design in which the methods of data collection and the methods of analysis are inextricably linked. In these research designs, the kind of analysis you want to do is predicated on a certain kind of data collected through a certain kind of data collection method; reciprocally, the kind of data you produce can be given meaning only through certain kinds of analysis. These methods of data collection and analysis may echo those described in the preceding two chapters; but, by contrast, the material discussed in this chapter could not be disaggregated into those because data production and data analysis are integrated in these structured inquiry approaches. In ethnography, grounded theory, and inferential statistical design the data and analysis are co-constructed. In discourse and frame analysis the question and analysis are co-constructed. And in participatory action the question, data, and analysis are co-constructed. For each of these inquiries, the nonlinearity of research is itself structured, and an explicit part, therefore, of research design.
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