The solo cross-national researcher of long-term care systems for older people

Chen, Henglien Lisa (2020) The solo cross-national researcher of long-term care systems for older people. In: Łuszczyńska, Maria (ed.) Research ageing: methodological challenges and their empirical background. Routledge Advances in Research Methods . Routledge, London, pp. 170-184. ISBN 9780367507572

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Abstract

The main aim of this chapter is to fill a significant gap in the discussion of qualitative research methods and methodologies in cross-national comparisons, illustrated by the example of a three-nation study conducted by a solo researcher exploring the long-term care of the elderly. The study aims to shed light on several key issues – time and space, comparability, culture and language – involved in the practical implementation of cross-national qualitative research. Cross-national qualitative comparison is highly demanding and requires language skills, cultural understanding, resources and time to produce a rigorous comparative instrument and outcome. Key approaches that address challenges faced by solo researchers are careful attention to geographic location and flexible timetable and programs for the collection of data; use of multidisciplinary knowledge to address the complexity of the research topic; application of a multi-method and multi-layer approach in data collection and analysis; identification of the caring culture; and sensitivity to national as well as local language. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the added value provided by the activity of the solo researcher activity in cross-national qualitative research.

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Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
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Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 12:30
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 13:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90345

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