- Delimitations aim to narrow the scope of a study.
- For example, the scope may focus on:
─specific sites, or
─narrowed to one type of research design (e.g., ethnography or experimental research, case study).
- Limitations aim to identify potential weaknesses of the study.
- For example, a certain aspect of the research can have limitations
─number of cases
─grounded theory studies
- Spatial scope: Administrative level that the data set intends to cover.
─The spatial scope can be different from the actual geographical coverage,
─The spatial scope of the data set does not necessarily reflect the administrative level responsible for collecting and maintaining the data
- Thematic scope: Means concerned with the subject or theme of something, or with themes and topics in general.
─Focused on topics or theories that you will discuss
- Temporal scope: Defines group history and future
─the shared experience that the group has developed in the past
─and the expectation of future collaboration, respectively.