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Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative Data Analysis
From Start to Finish

Second Edition

November 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is the ideal book to get you up and running with the basics of qualitative data analysis. It breaks everything down into a series of simple steps and introduces the practical tools and techniques you need to turn your transcripts into meaningful research.

Using multidisciplinary data from interviews and focus groups Jamie Harding provides clear guidance on how to apply key research skills such as making summaries, identifying similarities, drawing comparisons and using codes. 

The book sets out real world applicable advice, provides easy to follow best practice and helps you to:

·        Manage and sort your data

·        Find your argument and define your conclusions

·        Answer your research question

·        Write up your research for assessment and dissemination

Clear, pragmatic and honest this book will give you the perfect framework to start understanding your qualitative data and to finish your research project.

Chapter 1 Introduction to qualitative social research
Chapter 2 Designing qualitative research: your key questions
Chapter 3 Practical issues in qualitative research
Chapter 4 Collecting and managing interview data
Chapter 5 Collecting and managing focus group data
Chapter 6 A brief introduction to the analysis of qualitative data
Chapter 7 Step one for analysing your interview data - making summaries and comparisons
Chapter 8 Step two for analysing your interview data – using codes
Chapter 9 Step three for analysing your interview data - finding conceptual themes and building theory
Chapter 10 Analysing your focus group data
Chapter 11 Alternative approaches to analysing qualitative data
Chapter 12 Writing about your qualitative research

This is a must-have book for anyone considering qualitative data analysis. It is accessible and coherent and the many interesting examples make the processes of data collection and analysis very clear. The consistent format makes it very user friendly and I will use it to inform my own research as well as with my students.

Liane Purnell
Newman University

This text helps students apply qualitative research to the practice context. The book is punctuated with ‘real life’ practical examples from the author’s own experience of conducting qualitative investigations. In my opinion this is the best text of its kind.

Steven Whitcombe
Cardiff University

A comprehensive, pragmatic book that uses real research to illustrate the steps and decisions that a researcher needs to take when using qualitative methodology.

Jenny Povey
University of Queensland

A superb guide for qualitative research. Thorough and accessible, it walks students through all the steps, and provides compelling examples along the way.

Alex Schwartz
The New School

The author uses nice examples from his own work to demonstrate how and why to apply his tips and principles. This is particularly useful in demonstrating coding in section three.
this is a useful and readable book on the practicalities of conducting a qualitative research project, and one to which I will certainly return for reference

Lizzie Winstone
University of Bristol
SRA Research Matters

It's main premise is that, to really get under the skin of a research issue, the research needs to look much deeper into the 'psycho-biography' of research participants. This mapping of people's psycho-biography determines people's personal identity -- their motives, personal style, and how they behave 
Layder criticizes most research projects as being too one dimensional and simplistic. Investigative research is a largely exploratory methods of research. It encourages researchers to map the relevant psycho-biographies of individuals to formulate an initial 'conceptual scaffold' that is the basis for the explanation of the social behaviour under investigation. This guides and directs data collection processes.  But Layder also advises being open to new concepts and encourages researchers to keep researching to test and/or revise theories and hypotheses

Imogen Birch
Citizens Advice
SRA Research Matters

This is another good bock; I love it.

Mr Amdy Diene
School of Business, Liberty University
August 15, 2022

This is a very good resource

Mrs Josephine D Morris
Interdiscipline, Winchester University
December 9, 2020

Excellent book and easy to read - will highly recommend

Ms Josephine D Morris
Interdiscipline, Winchester University
December 5, 2020

Provides the reader with an accessible and practical resource for undertaking the process of qualitative research analysis. A step by step approach with practical activities to help apply the principles and techniques included. The text is Ideal for first time researchers or those wishing to further develop their skills in analysis.

Mrs Karen Giles
Pharmacy Health And Wellbeing, Sunderland University
February 4, 2020