In this fifth edition of his field-defining text, David Silverman, a true guru of qualitative research, walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analyzing qualitative data. The book offers beginners unrivalled hands-on guidance to help them get the best out of a research methods course or research project.
New to the fifth edition:
- A streamlined structure to aid navigation and guide readers smoothly through the research process.
- A new chapter on generalizing from case-study research which addresses the perennial issue of ‘how many cases do you need?’
- New material on doing qualitative research online and the ethics of internet research.
- Additional sections covering organizational documents and documents of everyday life, including blogs and diaries.
- Many more recent case study examples drawn from a broad range of disciplines including business, education, social work and geography as well as health studies.
- A new and improved companion website, full of additional resources for students and lecturers.
This is the perfect companion for all those new to qualitative research.
Part I: Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
What Is Qualitative Research?
Designing a Research Project
Generalizing from Case Study Research
Credible Qualitative Research
Part II: Methods
Naturally Occurring Talk
Part III: Implications
Writing Your Report
The Relevance of Qualitative Research
The Potential of Qualitative Research: Eight Reminders
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Find a range of teaching and learning materials for both lecturers and students, including the following:
- Methodspace page: link to a Methodspace group for the book (www.methodspace.com/group/silverman) where readers can give feedback, discuss issues and pose questions about their research directly to the author.
Additional case studies and examples: engaging and relevant case studies to help illustrate the main concepts in each chapter.
Full-text journal articles:full access to selected SAGE journal articles related to each chapter, providing students with a deeper understanding of key topics.
Links to useful websites, podcasts and YouTube videos: an assortment of direct links to relevant websites for each chapter.
Student exercises: thought-provoking questions for each chapter that are intended to help students think critically about their own research.
Model answers: to exercises found in this book.
Helpful tips: valuable considerations for students doing their own research.
Recommended reading: suggestions for further reading.