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Interpreting Qualitative Data

Interpreting Qualitative Data

Fifth Edition
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology
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February 2015 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this fifth edition of his field-defining text, David Silverman, a true guru of qualitative research, walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analyzing qualitative data. The book offers beginners unrivalled hands-on guidance to help them get the best out of a research methods course or research project.

New to the fifth edition:

  • A streamlined structure to aid navigation and guide readers smoothly through the research process.
  • A new chapter on generalizing from case-study research which addresses the perennial issue of ‘how many cases do you need?’
  • New material on doing qualitative research online and the ethics of internet research.
  • Additional sections covering organizational documents and documents of everyday life, including blogs and diaries.
  • Many more recent case study examples drawn from a broad range of disciplines including business, education, social work and geography as well as health studies.
  • A new and improved companion website, full of additional resources for students and lecturers.

This is the perfect companion for all those new to qualitative research.

Part I: Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
What Is Qualitative Research?
Designing a Research Project
Generalizing from Case Study Research
Credible Qualitative Research
Data Analysis
Research Ethics
Part II: Methods
Focus Groups
Naturally Occurring Talk
Visual Images
Part III: Implications
Writing Your Report
The Relevance of Qualitative Research
The Potential of Qualitative Research: Eight Reminders


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 Find a range of teaching and learning materials for both lecturers and students, including the following:

    Additional case studies and examples: engaging and relevant case studies to help illustrate the main concepts in each chapter.
    Full-text journal articles:full access to selected SAGE journal articles related to each chapter, providing students with a deeper understanding of key topics.
    Links to useful websites, podcasts and YouTube videos: an assortment of direct links to relevant websites for each chapter.
    Student exercises: thought-provoking questions for each chapter that are intended to help students think critically about their own research.
    Model answers: to exercises found in this book.
    Helpful tips: valuable considerations for students doing their own research.
    Recommended reading: suggestions for further reading.

Accessible for novice research students but also instructive for more advanced students. Analytical methods instruction provided can fit with students from diverse ontological perspectives.

Dr Catherine Elizabeth Conlon
School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin
August 3, 2016

I would recommend this to students doing a qualitative research project. I found that the books had particularly helpful chapters on analysing the data from focus groups, and considering different methods like constructionist analysis for this kind of research. It also raises interesting philosophical questions about how textual and situational information gathered in interviews is. A thought provoking text

Ms jackie fox
discipline of occupational therapy, National University of Ireland, Galway
June 8, 2016

A good resource to help researchers to undertake research and then analyse the data collected.

Mr adam choonara
Natural Sciences, Middlesex University
June 3, 2016

A really valuable text that is essential reading for qualitative researchers.

Mr Danny Golding
School of PE and Sport Sciences, Bedfordshire University
May 24, 2016

An excellent book for qualitative researchers. This book presents very practical examples and exercises and offers an in-depth theory of qualitative data. This book will most definitely be recommended to students and the library.

Dr Juanida Horne
Police Practice, University of South Africa
May 9, 2016

Excellent addition to the reading list for those who use Qualitative research during their dissertatons

Mr Martyn Edward Jarvis
Faculty of Business and Society, Department of Law, Accounting and Finance, University of South Wales
March 30, 2016

It is becoming quite common for students to make the assumption that a quant study is easier than a qual study (at least this is evident from one to one interaction with the students I have supervised). Often students attempting qual struggle to understand the strict processes each qual method applies to analysis, and then how important the interpretation of data is. I found this book to be a useful addition to any library or qual methods course where students need some additional reading on understanding the outcomes of qual data.

Mr Cal Cooper
Division of Psychology, Northampton University
March 22, 2016

The students who study business need to do studies related to business so Interpreting Qualitative Data by Silverman has been found to be very useful since it covers all topics needed for the business students to engage in qualitative research studies. The book uses examples drawn from different social contexts. Therefore, any student or researcher who is interested in conducting research studies in social sciences will find this book useful and relevant in successfully interpreting qualitative data to make his/her study valid and reliable.

Mr Sarath Withanarachchi Samaranayake
English, Shinas College of Technology
March 19, 2016

A very well presented key text for qualitative researchers. Excellent use of examples, exercises and suggestions for further reading, all presented in an attractive and easy-to-read format.

Dr Maria Fitzgerald
London School of Osteopathy, London School of Osteopathy
March 8, 2016

A very comprehensive research companion particularly useful for level 6 students undertaking projects and dissertations. Many struggle with working out their approach and methods but this book is helpful when undertaking work relating to case studies which may be of particular interest to social care students because of the nature of their courses.

Mr Colin Elton
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
March 4, 2016

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