Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology

Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology A Practical Guide

© 2010 | 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.

Resources to accompany the book can be found here.

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

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

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
October 13, 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

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