A Journey Through Qualitative Research
From Design to Reporting
- Stéphanie Gaudet - University of Ottawa, Canada, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Dominique Robert - University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Qualitative Research (General) | Research Design
This hands-on guide takes students from start-to-finish through the research process while showcasing the complexities and interrelationships of different methods, schools of thought, and associated analytical strategies.
Encouraging students to think of qualitative research as a flexible, cyclical process rather than a linear one, this book offers a panoramic strategy and dynamic approach to qualitative research that accommodates the fluid nature of research and accounts for lessons learned through lived experience. With an emphasis on the analysis stage—within case, across case, and the dialogue between these insights and existing literature—it uses concrete applications to show how your methodological decisions translate into practice.
- Forming, defending, and evaluating research questions
- Choosing a research approach
- Ensuring ethically sound research
- Collecting quality data
- Analyzing data in layers
- Reporting research results
Through a conversational tone that unpacks key vocabulary and acts as a companion supervisor, this book equips you to traverse every step of the qualitative research journey.
This book is a must for new researchers who want to succeed in qualitative inquiry.
The real coup de maître is the way the authors compare qualitative research to a palimpsest and subsequently sketch the phases of data analysis with suitable examples. Qualitative researchers…have a read!
This book goes significantly beyond "how to do research" and a recipe approach found in many textbooks. Rather it encourages engagement with "being" a researcher and uses project checklists to prompt reflexivity.
In this book Gaudet and Robert do a number of revealing things. First, they take the powerful metaphor of journey to help illuminate the process of inquiry. Second, they take key markers of quality and provide pointers to these ‘topographical features’ that help provide surety on the way. Following on, the authors make accessible key concepts and ideas and illustrate how they animate and reveal key decision-making points. Each of these key features build richer understandings and induct researchers new to qualitative inquiry in order to make a difference.
The most valuable sections are the three chapters on analysis of qualitative data, which go through two texts step by- step to give students a hands-on feel for a three-layer analysis that the authors imagine as a palimpsest – because ‘a new creation can arise from original materials that had been repeatedly deconstructed and reconstructed’. The texts chosen are engaging, and the close analysis is interesting
Great introduction to qualitative research methods. I find the section on analysis extremely informative and helpful - also I appreciate the online resources for instructors which I personally use for my classes.
a well-designed and well-written textbook that will support students at different levels very well
The process of research can be daunting for students and the choice of approach and methods a challenge. As a strong advocate of qualitative research I have found this book to be well presented, thoughtful and full of great advice and explanation that will guide any student down their chosen research path. A very useful addition to a researcher's library.
this is a really useful resource- students very often misunderstand the nature of qualitative research and this provides a solid framework for them to develop their knowledge
An excellent book to support students through their individual qualitative reserach