As with many good things, the increase of qualitative research around the world brings both excitement and challenge. In his editorial, Safary Wa-Mbaleka previews the articles in this issue of International Forum, the interdisciplinary research journal of the graduate school of AIIAS (Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies). Additional articles include:
The Shifting Focus of Qualitative Research by John Wesley Taylor V
What emerging trends will affect the future of qualitative research? This article discusses several, as well as their implications, problems, and opportunities.
Deconstructing Myths in Qualitative Research by John Wesley Taylor V
Unreliable. Not scientific. Totally subjective. These external myths have been addressed, but what about myths within qualitative research? This article endeavors to set the record straight on four such myths.
Sentiment Analysis of the Conflict of Ages Series by Darrin Thomas
Despite the valuable content of the Conflict of the Ages Series, it may be a difficult choice for ESL readers. This study analyzed the series using text-mining tools. Findings include a reading level higher than the average American’s ability.
Precursors and Outcomes of Place Branding: A Conceptual Framework by Innocent Sigauke
A relatively new concept, place branding is unique from product branding in that its precursors include people, identity and heritage, special identity, and ambassador networks. If successful, place branding’s outcome is economic development.
Fostering Quality in Qualitative Research: A List of Practical Strategies by Safary Wa-Mbaleka
Qualitative research is an ongoing disruptive innovation in educational research. Recognizing resistance to qualitative research study is often due to lack of knowledge, this article proposes a list of criteria to evaluate the quality of qualitative research papers, drawn from leading qualitative research texts.