Answered By: Kristina Harris
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2019     Views: 6

Collecting qualitative data in a language in which the researcher is NOT fluent can be ethically challenging but is not impossible. Authentic phenomenology can be compromised when the researcher does not understand the native language but the following best practices can help avoid ethnocentric interpretations:

(a) making sure the interpreter is adequately trained and experienced in qualitative research

(b) ensure that the qualitative method selected does not claim to be inductive, and

(c) require that all research assistants (including interpreters) have completed IRB-approved training in the protection of human subjects.

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