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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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January 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.

Vintage Silverman and top-notch as a result, this latest edition of IQD is as welcome as ever.  Comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and reader-friendly, IQD is the quintessential student text for qualitative research.

Jay Gubrium
Department of Sociology, University of Missouri

This book is the book I've been waiting for! It is a thorough exploration of qualitative research - from theoretical underpinnings and processes of data collection right through to analysis and writing. It is accessible and clear and provides a really exceptional overview for those new to research methods. It also includes lots of links to further reading. I can't praise this book enough.

Fiona Harris
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling

A wonderful book on qualitative research methods and the interpretation of qualitative data. A Classic!

Dimitris Boucas
Department of Management, London School of Economics

This latest edition is a useful and practical guide for the novice researcher. Its extended contents list, glossary, author and subject indexes, exercises, tips, recommended further reading and links to Internet sources all make this book easy to use as a guide and reference.

Eric Fletcher, Newcastle University
International Journal of Research & Method in Education

A great resource for undergraduate and post graduate students, the clarity and simplicity of this text allows all levels of university students an understanding of qualitative data research.

Mrs Emma Richards
Business, Swansea University
August 25, 2017

Easy to follow, clear discussion related to the approach.

Mr James Ridley
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
September 12, 2016

Silverman's 5th edition almost needs no reason for adopting simply by the fact that it is his 5th edition!
He writes in an engaging way and presents his ideas and suggestions to the reader as though they were in a tutorial with him. The layout on the pages makes the different sections easy to pick out. The case studies provide many excellent examples that help the reader to understand aspects of the theory. The 'tips' provided are very helpful. This is a book that in interpreting qualitative data, you would feel safe with and use for guidance all the way though a project.

Ms Miriam Ruth Walker
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
September 2, 2016

Good quality information with practical examples and case studies. Fantastic resource for students.

Dr Rachel Granger
Business School, Middlesex University
August 17, 2016

Provocative and interesting

Dr Pamela Woolner
Education, Newcastle University
August 11, 2016

This text book is helpful for students when they are making decisions about which modes of analysis to use. I like the the rich examples given - it makes qualitative data analysis less of a dark art!

I will also use it during supervision of masters students.

Dr Caroline Barratt
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
August 11, 2016

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