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QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: ISSUES AND EXPERIENCE Michael Crossley and Graham Vulliamy

The origins of this book can be traced back to field research conducted by

both of the present writers in the early 1980s. The context for this work was

the developing country of Papua New Guinea in the South West Pacific. We

had both been invited to contribute to the evaluation of a major secondary

sector curriculum innovation by the Papua New Guinean Ministry of Edu-

cation and the Educational Research Unit at the University of Papua New

Guinea. Each of us had a separate brief and focus for his own work, though

as coordination with local researchers evolved so too did the extent of our

own collaboration. The substantive findings of our research into this par-

ticular curriculum project are reported extensively elsewhere (see, for ex-

ample, Crossley, 1981, 1984a, b; Crossley and Vulliamy, 1986; Vulliamy,

1981, 1985a, b). From the methodological perspective, our joint interest in

the application of qualitative research and evaluation strategies in develop-

ing countries has continued to inform much of our subsequent work.