One of the reasons why QLR is misunderstood or hard to teach is that many people can’t even define it properly. I want to define it as a big umbrella of research that covers different research designs and methods to study social phenomena of human participants in depth. It allows the exploration of complex issues without preset variables.
If you are interested in people, their lives, their places, their emotions, their stories in their natural settings, THEN QLR is the best option for you. Through QLR, we show that we care about people and their lives, and want to hear their stories, we want to have them interpret their own life for us so that we can learn from them, because we can’t possibly interpret it well if we decide to remove their voices from our data (such as what we do in quantitative research). In QLR, we believe that people’s lives are intricate, that they cannot be studied simply by assigning them a number. Out of respect for people, we want to dig deeper to be able to do justice to their life, their experiences, and the meaning that these people attribute to those experiences.