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An Exploratory Critique of Qualitative Research Methodology Usedin Articles Published in the Journal of Tourism Sciencesduring 2007-2011 Period

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2012, 36(10), pp.11-35
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Sukbin Cha 1

1순천향대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Although scholars have been increasingly conducting qualitative research in Tourism since the end of 1990s in Korea, discussions on research methodology of qualitative studies have been rare. The purpose of this study was to analyze qualitative research methodology used in articles published in Journal of Tourism Sciences from 1997-2011. Thirty eight published articles using interviews and observation as main data collection methods were identified for analysis. Six categories such as description of research participants, sampling method, criteria and reason of participants selection, participants' consent, data collection method, data analysis method, and trustworthiness of data were analyzed. Findings from the research imply that there leaves room for improvement in each of the above six categories; especially as it pertains to participants' consent and the trustworthiness of the data. For the improvement of future qualitative research in the tourism field, the study concludes with implications of research findings related to the points of researchers, schools, and research societies, respectively.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.