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Qualitative Methodology

Qualitative Methodology
A Practical Guide

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January 2014 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Fresh, insightful and clear, this exciting textbook provides an engaging introduction to the application of qualitative methodology in the real world.  

Expert researchers then trace the history and philosophical underpinnings of different methodologies, explore the specific demands each places upon the researcher and robustly set out relevant issues surrounding quality and rigor.   Featured methodologies include action research, discourse analysis, ethnography, grounded theory, case studies and narrative inquiry.  

This practical book provides a helpful guide to the research process - it introduces the relevant methods of generating, collecting and analysing data for each discrete methodology and then looks at best practice for presenting findings. This enables new researchers to compare qualitative methods and to confidently select the approach most appropriate for their own research projects.  

Key features include:
  • Summary table for each chapter - allowing quick checks to test knowledge
  • 'Window into' sections - real world examples showing each methodology in action
  • Student activities
  • Learning objectives
  • Full glossary
  • Annotated suggestions for further reading
  • Links to downloadable SAGE articles
  • Links to relevant websites and organizations

This is an invaluable resource for students and researchers across the social sciences and a must-have guide for those embarking on a research project.

An Introduction To Qualitative Research Designs
Practical Philosophy
Methodology: The Blueprint for Qualitative Research
Action Research
Discourse Analysis
Grounded Theory
Historical Research
Case Study
Narrative Inquiry
Writing Your Formal Proposal
Quality in Qualitative Research
A New Era of Qualitative Research

Helpful overview of qualitative methods from a health/nursing perspective - useful for discussions where students are covering similar issues and subject matter.

Dr Peter Oakley
School of Material, Royal College of Art
November 21, 2015

The subtitle of this book says it all: It is a basic, but very thorough practical guide to the different qualitative research methodologies. Especially for students designing their first qualitative research study it is an excellent helpful introduction to these methodologies. It is written in a very user-friendly and understandable style. The usefulness as a textbook is enhanced by the inclusion of the many student activities, critical thinking questions and practical qualitative research examples. Highly recommended for undergraduate students. For post-graduate students I prefer a more advanced textbook.

Dr Jan Grobbelaar
Post-graduate faculty - Practical Theology, South African Theological Seminary
August 11, 2015

A good basic guide to a range of qualitative research methodologies

Mr Colin Winter
Faculty of Health and Social Care (Southwark), London South Bank University
June 25, 2015

This book is particularly useful during the early stage of designing a qualitative study. Using a scaffoldings approach it addresses the foundations of qualitative research followed by an examination of the different qualitative methodologies. The third and final section concludes with a number of practical strategies for planning a research study. Certainly useful to a range of students in particular the novice but equally those more experienced that require an accessible source of reference.

Ms Jacqueline Harley
Dept of Health & Social Care, Chester University
June 15, 2015

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the principles of research methodology in a very engaging manner.

Mr Matt Kirby
Performance, University College Falmouth
June 11, 2015

This book is ideal for undergraduate students embarking on a qualitative research project for the first time. The chapters are littered with practical examples and the activities and critical thinking questions allow the student to apply the key concepts to their own research in a way that de-mystifies the research process.

Mrs Jeanette MacNaught
Scarborough Centre for Health Care Studies, Hull University
June 9, 2015

A very easy book to follow

Mrs Brenda Robertson
Business Administration , Moray College
June 8, 2015

I am using one general textbook for qualitative and quantitative research and one another textbook for internet research. Jane Mills' book Qualitative Research will complete this set and give my students broader view on qualitative research.

Professor Asker KARTARI
Advertising Department, Kadir Has University
June 1, 2015

Good book and recommend and added to tutorial letter for master students in the degree Forensic Investigation.

Mr Hennie Lochner
Police Practice, Unisa
May 24, 2015

An excellent text which introduces a range of qualitative methodology in an understandable way. Very useful for undergraduate students undertaking their dissertation unit; I would definitely recommend.

Miss Jennifer Roddis
Health , Bournemouth University
May 20, 2015

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