In: Geografický časopis, vol. 59, no. 4
Alena Rochovská - Matej Blažek - Martin Sokol
Year, pages: 2007, 323 - 358
qualitative research methodology, methods, geography, subjectivity, ethics
This article aims to highlight the importance of qualitative methods in geographical research. It argues that qualitative methods offer important opportunities for improving research in human geography. For this reason, qualitative approaches have received much attention in Western geographical theory and practice. This is demonstrated through the examination of a series of paradigmatic shifts and illustrated with examples from geographical practice. While acknowledging that qualitative research is not without its problems, the article argues that Slovak geography has a lot to gain from embracing qualitative research much more fully. With this aim in mind, the article offers a description of selected qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups, action research, case studies, observation and the analysis of textual and visual material. In addition to this, we also discuss the use of these methods in various geographical research contexts using recent examples from Western geographical practice. While in the paper we emphasize the importance of qualitative research approaches, we also discuss the problems of qualitative data collection/construction, the issue of subjectivity and the challenges related to the ethics of qualitative research.
How to cite:
Rochovská, A., Blažek, M., Sokol, M. 2007. Ako zlepšiť kvalitu geografie: o dôležitosti kvalitatívneho výskumu v humánnej geografii. In Geografický časopis, vol. 59, no.4, pp. 323-358. ISSN 0016-7193.
Rochovská, A., Blažek, M., Sokol, M. (2007). Ako zlepšiť kvalitu geografie: o dôležitosti kvalitatívneho výskumu v humánnej geografii. Geografický časopis, 59(4), 323-358. ISSN 0016-7193.