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A Journey Through Qualitative Research

A Journey Through Qualitative Research
From Design to Reporting

February 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This hands-on guide takes students from start-to-finish through the research process while showcasing the complexities and interrelationships of different methods, schools of thought, and associated analytical strategies.

Encouraging students to think of qualitative research as a flexible, cyclical process rather than a linear one, this book offers a panoramic strategy and dynamic approach to qualitative research that accommodates the fluid nature of research and accounts for lessons learned through lived experience.  With an emphasis on the analysis stage—within case, across case, and the dialogue between these insights and existing literature—it uses concrete applications to show how your methodological decisions translate into practice.

It covers:

  • Forming, defending, and evaluating research questions
  • Choosing a research approach
  • Ensuring ethically sound research
  • Collecting quality data
  • Analyzing data in layers
  • Reporting research results

Through a conversational tone that unpacks key vocabulary and acts as a companion supervisor, this book equips you to traverse every step of the qualitative research journey.

Chapter 1: Choosing qualitative inquiry
The knowledge production process  
Qualitative research design  
Realm of qualitative epistemologies  
Chapter 2: Designing an iterative research project
Designing the research  
The writing of a research project  
Chapter 3: Choosing an Approach to Guide Methodological Decisions
Grounded theory  
Discourse analysis  
Narrative analysis  
Chapter 4: Choosing Tools for Your Fieldwork
Chapter 5: Ethical challenges in qualitative research
Procedural Ethics  
Making an Application to the REB  
Concerns at the Heart of Research Relationships  
Chapter 6: Preparing for analysis and validity requirements
The palimpsest as a metaphor for principles of analysis  
Vertical analysis: The first stratum of the palimpsest  
Horizontal analysis: The second stratum of the palimpsest  
Theoretical analysis: The third stratum of the palimpsest  
Initial project  
Chapter 7: Vertical Analysis
Contextualizing condensation  
Semantic condensation  
Chapter 8: Horizontal analysis
Horizontal analysis using discourse analysis through interpretative repertoires  
Horizontal analysis using a mixed approached inspired by grounded theory and narrative analysis  
Chapter 9: Theorizing and presenting the results
Classification by Typology  
Bringing out contrasting characters  
Establishing a dialogue to enrich concepts  
Ensuring the quality of the study  


This book is a must for new researchers who want to succeed in qualitative inquiry. 

Pranee Liamputtong
Professor of Public Health at Western Sydney University

This book goes significantly beyond "how to do research" and a recipe approach found in many textbooks. Rather it encourages engagement with "being" a researcher and uses project checklists to prompt reflexivity. 

Jo Ferrie
Sociology, University of Glasgow

The real coup de maître is the way the authors compare qualitative research to a palimpsest and subsequently sketch the phases of data analysis with suitable examples. Qualitative researchers…have a read!

Lakshmi Balachandran Nair
Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research at Utrecht University

In this book Gaudet and Robert do a number of revealing things. First, they take the powerful metaphor of journey to help illuminate the process of inquiry. Second, they take key markers of quality and provide pointers to these ‘topographical features’ that help provide surety on the way. Following on, the authors make accessible key concepts and ideas and illustrate how they animate and reveal key decision-making points. Each of these key features build richer understandings and induct researchers new to qualitative inquiry in order to make a difference. 

Peter Wright
Associate Professor, School of Education, Murdoch University

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