Qualitative Research and Acoustics

George Dodd

New Zealand Acoustics, 18(3), pp.25- 31 . (2005).

Qualitative research (QR) is that area of research which tries to uncover why people behave the way they do. This presentation looks at issues where QR can benefit both acousticians and the communities they serve. Questions posed include why do we value acoustical privacy and why do we use dBs, but the main intention is to draw attention to a need to keep refining and revising the goals and criteria which drive our technical research.