Theory and Qualitative Research
The theory is the statement that shows the relation between variables having certain assumptions and concept are defined in a rigid way. It limits the meaning of the concept and defines from the close environment. The qualitative research is assumed the inductive method is recalled this the research is conducted with the purpose of developing the theory. the grounded theory, ethnographic research is generally used for the development of social theory. but in recent times the qualitative research is also conducted for testing the theory. there is no reason to believe that qualitative theory does not have the ability to test the theory. the modern trend in qualitative research may use the deductive method of reason to test the theory. the qualitative research gains the ability to test the theory by using the comprehensive process of research where theory is built and at the same research the theory is tested.
Generally in qualitative research at first the general research question is develop and research site and the subject is determined at first. the appropriate data is collected and interpretation is done using different methods for the development of a conceptual framework which later convert into theoretical framework work. in the same research further data is collected to give fine tune for a raw theory to finalize. if the research still not convince or try to test the theory again the data is collected and on the interpretation of data, the theory is tested. thus in qualitative research, both inductive and deductive methods are used in the same research.
qualitative research is generally design for the development of the theory using different approach through inductive methods using unstructured interview, participatory observation, focus group discussion, etc.