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Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology

Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology
A Practical Guide

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July 2011 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Providing a complete introduction to qualitative methods in psychology, this textbook is ideal reading for anyone doing a research methods course in psychology that includes qualitative approaches or someone planning a practical project using qualitative methods.

Not just another research methods book, Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology is more a 'how to do it' manual, linked with a specifically designed set of digitised video recordings, transcripts and online resources to make learning about qualitative methods as easy as possible. The primary resources are a set of online, publically available video-recorded interviews produced by the editor and contributors to support student learning.

The text offers useful descriptions of how and why research questions are formulated and explains the importance of selecting appropriate methods for research investigations. Using examples from the specially produced data set, it describes four specific qualitative methods, outlining - in its very clear 'how to proceed' style - how each of these methods can form the basis of a qualitative methods laboratory class, practical or field study. As well as covering key topics such as ethics, literature reviews and interviewing, the book also describes precisely how research reports using qualitative methods are written up, in line with the appropriate conventions within psychology.


Michael A Forrester
Introduction: This Book and How to Use It
Cath Sullivan
Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
Rachel Shaw
Conducting Literature Reviews
Stephen Gibson and Sarah Riley
Approaches to Data Collection in Qualitative Research
Siobhan Hugh-Jones
The Interview in Qualitative Research
Nigel King
Research Ethics in Qualitative Research
Stephen Gibson
Introducing the Data Set
Sally Wiggins and Sarah Riley
QM1: Discourse Analysis
Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson
QM2: Grounded Theory
Rachel Shaw
QM3: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Michael Forrester
QM4: Conversation Analysis
Colm Crowley
Writing up the Qualitative Methods Research Report

A comprehensive and accessible text which comes with a range of online resources that make it an essential core text for a practical 'hands-on' approach to teaching and learning qualitative research methods.

Miss Lisa Staniforth
Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
February 9, 2016

A very good introduction to different qualitative methods in psychology, and many useful examples and practical tips that helped undergraduate students a lot.

Dr Anna Zoli
Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
September 14, 2015

My first use of this text within a module and I'm delighted with it.
Clearly demonstrates the differences between the key methods of research and offers a very practical, hands on way of getting to grips with analysis. My only concern was the out of date link to the online resources. I found them eventually but clearly this will be a feature to change in any new editions.

Dr Clare Uytman
Psychology , Queen Margaret Univeristy
September 2, 2015

This is an excellent book, although student nurses would not necessarily be undertaking their own research they do explore research techniques, particularly qualitative methods and this book is recommended to use as it is easy to follow.

Mrs Julie Tweedlie
HCES, Northumbria University
May 13, 2015

A good introduction for first years

Mrs Melanie West
Department of Psychology, Newman Univ.
July 16, 2014

excellent introductory text

Dr Sue Palmer-Conn
School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University
January 22, 2013

Although this is a very useful text, it is more relevant to another first year module- I will make it available to other lecturers, although they may already be using this book on their modules.

Ms Vicki Smith
Division of Psychology, Huddersfield University
November 9, 2012

Excellent guide to all aspects of qualitative research. Useful reading for final year undergraduates, masters and PhD students.

Dr Matthew Davis
Leeds University Business School, Leeds University
October 9, 2012

This is a very well organised and presented book. I particularly like the way it presents the general issues in qualitative research then focuses on specific methodologies. I will be strongly recommending it to my students.

Dr Timothy Auburn
Faculty of Science, University of Plymouth
October 4, 2012

Great for our modules as this book covers methods not discussed in detail in general research methods books.

Ms Liz Cunningham
School of Applied Social Science, Brighton University
June 8, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One