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Qualitative Research Practice

Qualitative Research Practice
A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers

Second Edition
Edited by:

December 2013 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why use qualitative methods? What kinds of questions can qualitative methods help you answer? How do you actually do rigorous and reflective qualitative research in the real world?  

Written by a team of leading researchers associated with NatCen Social Research (the National Centre for Social Research) this textbook leads students and researchers through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting.   In this fully revised second edition you will find:
  • A practical account of how to carry out qualitative research which recognises a range of current approaches and applications
  • A brand new chapter on ethics
  • A brand new chapter on observational research
  • Updated advice on using software when analysing your qualitative data
  • New case studies which illustrate issues you may encounter and how problems have been tackled by other researchers.  
This book is an ideal guide for students, practitioners and researchers faced with the challenges of doing qualitative research in both applied and academic settings in messy real-life contexts.
Rachel Ormston, Liz Spencer, Matt Barnard, Dawn Snape
The Foundations of Qualitative Research
Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston
The Applications of Qualitative Methods to Social Research
Jane Lewis and Carol McNaughton Nicholls
Design Issues
Stephen Webster, Jane Lewis and Ashley Brown
Ethics of Qualitative Research
Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis, Gilliam Elam, Rosalind Tennant and Nilufer Rahim
Designing and Selecting Samples
Sue Arthur, Martin Mitchell, Jane Lewis and Carol McNaughton Nicholls
Designing Fieldwork
Alice Yeo, Robin Legard, Jill Keegan, Kit Ward, Carol McNaughton Nicholls and Jane Lewis
In-depth Interviews
Helen Finch, Jane Lewis, and Caroline Turley
Focus Groups
Carol McNaughton Nicholls, Lisa Mills and Mehul Kotecha
Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, Rachel Ormston, William O'Connor and Matt Barnard
Analysis: Principles and Processes
Traditions and approaches
Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, William O'Connor, Gareth Morrell and Rachel Ormston
Analysis in practice
Clarissa White, Kandy Woodfield, Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston
Writing up qualitative Research

An excellent and comprehensive introduction to qualitative research. Well written and logically organised.

Mr Dan Warrender
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
April 25, 2016

This book is written in a clear and comprehensive manner, with a practical yet professional 'real-world' focus that will be of benefit to students at any stage of their undergraduate degree. Indeed, postgrads and staff alike will surely benefit from it as a referential resource (I certainly have already).

Mr Karl Johnson
School of Social Sci, Media & Comms, Queen Margaret Univ College, Edinburgh
January 29, 2016

Put simply, this book is fantastic: a comprehensive, and accessible text that provides a working introduction to conducting qualitative research.

Dr Duncan Shrewsbury
Institute of Health and Soceity, Worcester University
February 23, 2016

This is an excellent book. It is written in an accessible way and offers a pragmatic approach to the student embarking on qualitative research.

Mrs Melanie Fisher
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
June 2, 2015

Great book for students embarking on qualitative research/ Probably one of the best around. I will be recommending to both UG and PG students to support with their dissertations.

Ms Melissa Carr
The Business School, Bournemouth University
June 1, 2015

Recommended for our course reading and an essential text for those engaging in social applied policy research, and those using framework analysis. Will be added to the reading list for 2015-16. As ever from Jane Ritchie an comprehensive exploitation of applied qualitative research in the field of social policy that is accessible for students and written in a way that helps and enthuses them in this field.

Dr Matthew Kiernan
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
June 1, 2015

Very good book for the South African social researcher - added in tutorial letter as recommended book FOR5906 Advanced Intelligence

Mr Hennie Lochner
Police Practice, Unisa
May 24, 2015

Extremely informative and well written text which covers a considerable amount of ground; from basic foundations of qualitative research, to designing and delivering a social science research project. The chapter on ethical considerations is very useful as is the chapter on generalising from qual research. UG and PG students will find this book very useful.

Ms Vicky Du-Caine
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
April 15, 2015

Students have found this a very valuable text not only on designing and carrying out research but also how to analyze qualitative data.

Professor Christine Hudson
Dept of Political Science, Umea University
March 19, 2015

Clear messages. Very practical and useful for early researchers.

Mrs Caroline Wright
Early Years, Eastern Leadership Centre
March 18, 2015