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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design (International Student Edition)

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design (International Student Edition)
Choosing Among Five Approaches

Fourth Edition
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March 2017 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In the Fourth Edition of this bestselling book, John W Creswell and new co-author Cheryl N Poth explore the philosophical underpinnings, history and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and case study - putting them side by side, so that we can see the differences. The authors relate research designs to each of the traditions of enquiry. They compare theoretical frameworks and ways to employ standards of quality, as well as strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative and verifying results.

New in this edition:

  • Updated materials on each tradition
  • More on interpretive frameworks and ethics
  • More visual depictions of the five approaches
  • Two new topical articles in Chapter 5, reproduced in full in the appendices.
Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks
Designing a Qualitative Study
Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry
Five Different Qualitative Studies
Introducing and Focusing the Study
Data Collection
Data Analysis and Representation
Writing a Qualitative Study
Standards of Validation and Evaluation
“Turning the Story” and Conclusion


The book was well organised starting from a brief contents to the detailed contents, these give the overall idea about the book to the reader.The tables and figures used for the illustrations combined with excellent colour selection definitely captured readers attention. The appendices showed practical example of all the approaches, what a good idea for teaching and learning.

Mr Dalhat Khalid
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (University Park), Nottingham University
May 8, 2017

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ISBN: 9781506361178