The Nature of "Evidence" in Qualitative Research Methods

Steven Miller, Marcel Fredericks


The article is an attempt to show that a continuing issue in qualitative research methods is describing and justifying how qualitative data become "evidence" for a claim. Several models from the field of Confirmation Theory are developed and described within the context of a qualitative research example. It is argued that for the qualitative research case, the meaning and application of what constitutes evidence is best viewed in terms of a primary logical distinction.

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