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Doing Qualitative Research
A Practical Handbook

Fourth Edition
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney
Companion Website


© 2013 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the fourth edition of his best-selling textbook, David Silverman provides a step-by-step guide to planning and conducting qualitative research. Using real examples from real postgraduate students, the book makes it easy to link theory to methods and shows how to move from understanding the principles of qualitative research to doing it yourself.
 
The new edition has been fully updated and now includes:

- a brand new chapter on formulating a research question appropriate for qualitative research
- an expanded discussion of the role of theory in research
- extended discussion of case study research and the number of cases needed for effective qualitative research
- further coverage of focus groups and analysing internet data
- new student examples from around the world
- a new section on the common pitfalls encountered in qualitative research
- an expanded companion website with more student examples and videos.

Filled with exercises to test your understanding and develop your skills, as well as David's own tips for research success based on years of experience, this book is essential reading for anyone doing qualitative research.

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Preface to the Fourth Edition
 
Companion Website
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
How to Use This Book
 
What You Can (and Can't) Do with Qualitative Research
 
Focusing Research Project
 
Issues in Research Design
 
What Counts as 'Originality'?
 
PART TWO: STARTING OUT
 
Formulating a Research Question
 
Using Theories
 
Choosing a Methodology
 
How Many Cases Do You Need?
 
Ethical Research
 
Writing a Research Proposal
 
PART THREE: COLLECTING AND ANALYSING YOUR DATA
 
Collecting Your Data
 
Developing Data Analysis
Clive Seale
Using Computers to Analyse Qualitative Data
 
Quality in Qualitative Research
 
Evaluating Qualitative Research
 
Effective Qualitative Research
 
PART FOUR: WRITING UP
 
The First Few Pages
 
The Literature Review Chapter
 
The Methodology Chapter
 
Writing Your Data Chapters
 
Your Concluding Chapter
 
PART FIVE: GETTING SUPPORT
 
Making Good Use of Your Supervisor
 
Getting Feedback
 
Surviving an Oral Examination
 
Getting Published
 
Audiences
 
Appendix: Transcription Symbols
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

Supplements

David Silverman expands and revises his seminal text to include a new chapter on Effective Qualitative Research where he provides five rules to guide the research process. With this book students and novice researchers alike have the resources and necessary tools to produce an effective research study, thesis, or dissertation.
Dale Crowe
Faculty, School of Advanced Studies , University of Phoenix


 

Overall, this new edition is a comprehensive and welcome updating of what was already an essential text. Silverman takes his readers through a substantial and comprehensive introduction to qualitative research and gives them pointers for where to go next. This book will be of great use to students studying research methods, and will give them a thorough and readable introduction to what can sometimes feel like a rather overwhelming subject. As such it deserves its place on reading lists.

Sally Brown
LSE Review of Books

'any practitioner who has been away from the classroom and textbooks for some time will find this resource refreshing, engaging and help re-light their passion for qualitative research. Silverman pulls no punches in challenging the reader to be brave, bold, and open in their approach and application.'

Shane Brownie
social researcher, Department for Communities and Local Government
SRA Research Matters

The new edition offers a valuable overview of qualitative research. The expanded companion website is very useful for teaching interactively with students.

Professor Michela Cozza
Business Administration , Malardalen University
September 18, 2016

An excellent book for qualitative researchers. This book will most definitely be recommended to students and the library.

Dr Juanida Horne
Police Practice, University of South Africa
May 9, 2016

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