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A Guide to Qualitative Field Research

Third Edition


January 2018 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A Guide to Qualitative Field Research provides readers with clear, practical, and specific instructions for conducting qualitative research in the field. In the expanded Third Edition, Carol A. Bailey gives increased attention to the early and last stages of field research, often the most difficult: selecting a topic, deciding upon the purpose of your research, and writing the final paper, all in her signature reader-friendly writing style. This edition features research examples from graduate and undergraduate students to make examples meaningful to fellow students; a new “Putting It All Together” feature, with examples of how different parts of the research process interact; and more emphasis on the “nuts and bolts” of research, such as what to include in an informed consent form, a proposal, and the final paper.

 
List of Tables, Figures, and Photographs
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1. Introduction to Qualitative Field Research
Objectives  
Overview  
Examples of Field Research  
Major Features of Field Research  
Putting It All Together  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 2. Ethics
Objectives  
Informed Consent  
Deception  
Confidentiality  
Relationships  
Ethics in Virtual Field Research  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 3. Topic, Purpose, and Research Questions
Objectives  
Research Topic  
Purpose of Research  
Research Questions  
Putting It All Together  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 4. Theory and Review of Literature
Objectives  
Concepts  
Theory  
Review of Literature  
Putting It All Together  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 5. Paradigms, Research Design, and Introduction to Methodology
Objectives  
Proposal  
Paradigms  
Research Design  
Methodology  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 6. From Gaining Entrée to Exiting the Field
Objectives  
Gaining Entrée and Gatekeepers  
Preparations  
Arrival in the Field  
Key Actors  
Field Relationships  
Time in the Field  
Leaving the Field  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 7. Observations
Objectives  
Should I Conduct Covert or Overt Observations?  
Should I Only Observe or Participate Fully When Observing?  
Where Should I Observe?  
Should My Observations Be Structured or Unstructured?  
What Should I Observe?  
Research Questions  
Unit of Analysis  
Ethics  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 8. Interviews
Objectives  
Types of Interviews  
Question Construction  
Interview Questions and Research Questions  
Location of the Interview  
Rapport  
Ethics  
Status Characteristics  
Alternatives to Face-to-Face Interviews  
After the Interview  
Sampling  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 9. Field Notes
Objectives  
Purposes of Field Notes  
Taking Field Notes  
Field Note Content  
Putting It All Together  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommend Reading  
 
Chapter 10. Procedures for Increasing Validity and Trustworthiness
Objectives  
Validity and Trustworthiness  
Strategies for Enhancing Validity and Trustworthiness  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 11. Introduction to Analysis and Coding
Objectives  
Analysis  
Coding  
Practical Aspects of Coding  
Coding and Grounded Theory  
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software  
Putting It All Together  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 12. Descriptions and Typologies
Objectives  
Descriptions  
Typologies  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 13. Thematic Analysis
Objectives  
Purposes of a Thematic Analysis  
What Are Themes?  
Identifying Versus Emerging Themes  
Overarching Themes  
Topical Themes  
Interpretation  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
Chapter 14. Research Stories and Critical Events and Cases
Objectives  
Elements in a Research Story  
Critical Events and Cases  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommend Reading  
 
Chapter 15. Writing and the Final Paper
Objectives  
Writing Process  
Writing Styles Used in Final Papers  
Format of a Final Paper  
Putting It All Together  
Conclusions  
Chapter Highlights  
Exercises  
Online and Recommended Reading  
 
References
 
Glossary
 
Index

Supplements

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • EXCLUSIVE! Author-selected, full-text SAGE journal articles expand on concepts in the chapters.
  • Additional writings provided by fellow scholars in the field, including sample field notes and an essay on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).
Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.        
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter by the author. 

“Methods texts often suffer from dry material and inaccessible definitions. This text makes methods accessible through an inviting, jargon-free tone, and engaging through its many creative suggestions for applying the lessons in hands-on exercises.” 

Andrew Nelson
University of North Texas

“This book offers a very comprehensive examination of fieldwork that includes practical and theoretical guidance for all students–undergraduate and graduate. The inclusion of online participant-observation considerations sets this book apart from all the others.”

Pamela A. Kaylor
Ohio University Lancaster

“So much more than most methods texts, this text actually offers the tools and examples to help students actually plan and do research. Full of practical examples, useful tips, frameworks and tactics, this text is a great primer for students who want to get out into the field”

Raymond Dart
Trent University

A Guide to Qualitative Research is an invaluable handbook for students embarking on qualitative research. Comprehensive, detailed, and engaging, it covers all of the key elements of qualitative research and is an insightful and practical text to inspire and guide future qualitative researchers.”

Katja M. Guenther
University of California, Riverside

“Carol Bailey’s work is of the highest quality. I wholeheartedly consider it to be one of the better qualitative fieldwork texts geared toward neophyte students of qualitative research that I have come across in many years. It is obvious that she put some time into thinking about and conceptually organizing the book. It all flows together quite nicely with an engaging and crisp writing style that will keep readers attention.”   

Michael Birzer
Wichita State University

A Guide to Qualitative Field Research is an accessible introduction to the design and conduct of qualitative research. For students new to this methodology, this text provides insight into key concepts and issues that should be part of their methodological toolkit, so that they know how to begin their studies, what to expect along the way, and strategies to address those “bumps” that are all too common in field research.”

Amira Proweller
DePaul University

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