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Introducing Qualitative Research

Introducing Qualitative Research
A Student's Guide

Second Edition
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December 2013 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

The second edition includes:

  • New examples from a range of social science disciplines, making this the perfect book no matter what course you’re studying
  • More on unobtrusive methods of data collection, such as documentary analysis
  • More on internet research methods, mixed methods and visual methods
  • A new section on using software in qualitative research
  • A brand new companion website full of additional lecturer and student resources.


The Scope and Contribution of Qualitative Research
Qualitative Traditions: Epistemology and Ontology
Research Design
Focus Groups
Other Sources of Qualitative Data
Mixing Methods
Action Research
Analysis: Processing, Coding, and Interrogating Data
Theorizing in Qualitative Analysis
Presenting and Writing-up Qualitative Research


Barbour - Qualitative Research

Companion Website to accompany the 2nd Edition of Introducing Qualitative Research

An ideal starter text for students, novice researches and practitioners who are new to the qualitative research field.

Karen Spilsbury
Chair in Nursing, The University of York

'In this second edition, Rose Barbour guides the reader through the qualitative research journey, in what is arguably one of the most comprehensive guides available...She simultaneously demystifies qualitative research whilst reiterating the expertise and skill which qualitative researchers must possess. For anyone who undertakes qualitative research – postgraduate students in particular – this book would be an indispensible addition to the bookshelf.'

Christina Dobson
PhD Student, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University
LSE Book Reviews

I did not receive the book in time for this semester. It was sent to the wrong address. I will consider adopting it for the summer though

Dr Debra Ross
Criminal Justice Dept, Grand Valley St Univ-Devos
November 25, 2015

This book covers all the angles we require for this course. It is simply laid out and easy to follow. Very grateful to have received the inspection copy. We have adopted this as the primary text for this course.

Dr Bethany Morgan Brett
Sociology, Essex University
July 6, 2015

Difficult to read but added as a supplemental book for Advanced Intelligence the proposal FOR5906.

Mr Hennie Lochner
Police Practice, Unisa
May 24, 2015

This is a student guide to research, offers a very helpful guide to those exploring the concept of `Qualitative Research'. Easy to read step-step-guide to going Qualitative Research.

Professor Simphiwe Mini
Department of Geography, University of South Africa
May 19, 2015

Great information, but the broad focus makes it difficult to adopt in a research course focused on internet research.

Dr AmberNicole Pfannenstiel
English Dept, Northern Arizona University
April 6, 2015

A clear and useful guide to qualitative research-highly recommended to students completing an independent research project and / or dissertation.

Mrs Hazel Niemczyk
School of Teaching, Health and Care, Bradford College
March 20, 2015

This is the second edition of Barbour's book and Barbour, once again, has excelled with this text. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into qualitative research and it is easily understood. Set out in four different sections, it goes through the logical steps of why researchers choose a qualitative approach to research to the analysis of data. A must for the qualitative researcher and for those wanting to know more about this research approach.

Mr Thomas Beary
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
March 5, 2015

A good text that covers the required material well. It will be added to student's recommended reading list

Dr Theresa Ryan
School of Hospitality Management, Dublin Institute of Technology
February 10, 2015

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