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Qualitative Research Methods



November 2010 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Qualitative Research Methods is based on the authors' highly successful multidisciplinary qualitative methods workshops, which have been conducted for over a decade. In this book the authors propose a 'qualitative research cycle' that leads students through the selection of appropriate methods, the collection of data and the transformation of findings into a finished project. It provides a clear explanation of the nature of qualitative research and its key concepts. Topics covered include:

o formulating qualitative research questions

o ethical issues

o in-depth interviews

o focus group discussions

o observation

o coding

o data analysis

o writing up qualitative research

This text is ideal for any students taking a qualitative methods course or producing a qualitative research project at undergraduate or graduate level. It is illustrated throughout with case studies and field examples from a range of international contexts. The practical techniques are also accompanied by the author's own research tools including interview guides, real coded data and comprehensive research checklists.

 
INTRODUCTION
 
Introduction to the Book
Who is This Book For?

 
The Qualitative Research Cycle

 
Structure of the Book

 
Features of this Book

 
 
The Nature of Qualitative Research
What is Qualitative Research?

 
When to Conduct Qualitative Research

 
The Underlying Interpretive Paradigm

 
Qualitative and Quantitative Research

 
Verstehen and Understanding

 
The Emic and Etic Perspective

 
Subjectivity and The Need for Reflexivity

 
Our Approach to Qualitative Research

 
Evaluating quality

 
 
PART ONE: THE DESIGN CYCLE
 
The Design Cycle
Introduction

 
Formulating Qualitative Research Questions

 
Incorporating Literature and Theory

 
Developing a Conceptual Framework

 
Selecting a Fieldwork Approach

 
Evaluating Quality

 
 
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Introduction

 
What is Ethics?

 
Ethics in Qualitative Research

 
Ethical Issues in the Design Cycle

 
Ethical Issues in the Ethnographic Cycle

 
Ethical Issues in the Analytic Cycle

 
Evaluating quality

 
 
PART TWO: THE ETHNOGRAPHIC CYCLE
 
Participant Recruitment
What is Participant Recruitment?

 
Defining and Refining the Study Population

 
How Many to Recruit: The Principle of Saturation

 
Recruitment Goals

 
Strategies for Participant Recruitment

 
Evaluating quality

 
 
In-Depth Interviews
What is an In-Depth Interview?

 
When to Conduct an In-Depth Interview

 
Purpose of an In-Depth Interview

 
The Cyclical Nature of Data Collection

 
Developing an Interview Guide

 
Preparing for Data Collection

 
Reflecting on Subjectivity and Positionality

 
Conducting the Interview

 
Strengths and Limitations

 
Evaluating Quality

 
 
Focus Group Discussions
What is a Focus Group Discussion?

 
When to Conduct Focus Group Discussions

 
The Cyclical Nature of Data Collection

 
Developing the Discussion Guide

 
Preparing for Data Collection

 
Conducting the Focus Group Discussion

 
Post-Discussion Information

 
Strengths and Limitations

 
Evaluating quality

 
 
Observation
What is Observation?

 
When to Conduct Observation

 
What to Observe

 
Types of Observation

 
Preparing and Conduct of Observation

 
Writing an Observation

 
Strengths and Limitations

 
Evaluating Quality

 
 
PART THREE: THE ANALYTIC CYCLE
 
Data Preparation and Developing Codes
Introduction

 
The Nature of Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Our Approach to Analysis

 
Foundations of Grounded Theory

 
Data Preparation

 
Developing Codes

 
Making a Codebook

 
Coding Data

 
Evaluating Quality

 
 
Textual Data Analysis
Introduction

 
Formulating a Project-Specific Plan of Analysis

 
Searching Data

 
The Cyclical Process of Analysis

 
Thick Description

 
Comparison

 
Categorizing and Conceptualizing

 
Theory Development

 
Evaluating Quality

 
 
Writing Qualitative Research
Writing in Qualitative Research

 
Who is the Audience?

 
Structure of Writing

 
Beginning to Write

 
Writing a Methodology

 
Presenting Qualitative Results

 
Evaluating Quality

 

it is practical, up to date and easy to read

Dr Paige Graham
School of Organizational Leadership, University of Rockies
October 11, 2012

It makes complex material more accessible to students and exposes them to new research ideas.

Dr Denis Hyams-Ssekasi
Business School, University Campus Oldham
July 4, 2012

I find this an excellent book for students who are starting with qualitative research methods. I use the research model as proposed in this book in my courses, and recommend this book as essential reading when preparing a research.

Mr Johan Roeland
Faculty of Theology, VU University
July 3, 2012

Good back up the the general text for those wishing to adopt Qualitative methods

Mr Stephen Griffiths
Swansea Business School, Swansea Metropolitan University
June 27, 2012

Deans viewed as acceptable for course teaching

Ms Sandralee Leighton
Psychology , University of the Rockies
May 18, 2012

a very clear and understandable book, i believe that more than half the group purchased this book

Mr Brian Boag
Nurisng and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland
May 1, 2012

Great Book. Not got the geographical angle. i.e. doesn't draw on existing geographical concepts and ideas. This is why can't be an Essential textbook for Geography students.

Dr Emma Roe
Geography , Southampton University
March 21, 2012

too general, need something more specific for Counselling

Ms Carol Hughes
Counselling, Swansea Metropolitan University
March 5, 2012

An excellent, well-organised and concise text. Highly recommended as an essential text for both under-graduate and post-graduate students who are interested in qualitative research.

Miss Elizabeth Scholefield
School of Life Sciences, Hertfordshire University
January 10, 2012

Have recommended this to both degree students and masters students as I feel both groups will benefit from this book. I have also benefited from this book in terms of my preparation for teaching sessions.

Ms Pat Clarke
Health , Liverpool John Moores University
December 4, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction