README FIRST for a User's Guide to Qualitative Methods
- Lyn Richards
- Janice M. Morse - School of Nursing, University of Utah, USA
Qualitative Research (General) | Qualitative Software | Research Design
“This text offers current thinking in the field. The authors are well-established qualitative researchers and have pulled off a great text for the beginning researcher.”
“The key strength of this text is the discussion and presentation of how to think about qualitative research. This is the only text that discusses the process of thinking before doing at any stage of the research project from the general idea to the writing up and submitting for publication. This kind of discussion is extremely helpful for novice or experienced researchers as it helps them to take a step back in the middle of the research process, rethink clearly and improve the project.”
“This book combines the basics of qualitative research methods (why we choose qualitative over quantitative when we are trying to answer specific questions about human behavior) and the nuts and bolts of how to actually do qualitative research. I like that it explains qualitative research from conceptualization to writing up the results. Not a lot of textbooks accomplish this – they allude to a lot, but they don’t include the necessary information that this textbook includes.”
“The text is very clear and well organized, and accessible for new students. In comparison to many other introductory texts, it really brings to the fore the need for theoretical and methodological coherence.”
“An invaluable introduction to qualitative inquiry that emphasizes several points that I rarely find in other texts and, although somewhat subtle, they are extremely important for doing rigorous research.”
I used this book in a Research Design class that was entry level intro to qual and quant research for graduate students in OD. It was easy to understand for students for the qualitative segment of the class, but I think I would choose a different text next time. It is better than Creswell in my opinion, but I am going to give Sarah Tracy's text a try next time. I like her use of language better and it is simpler to understand without being condescending to grad students.
A good overview of the research process, but insufficient as a standalone practical guide.
Excellent text to explain nitty gritty of qualitative research, helps students to make links between abstract and concrete.
Excellent reading material for those newly embarking into qualitative research. I have recommended this as essential reading for those at the end of undergraduate programmes or at the beginning of Masters level.
An excellent introduction to the subject matter for undergraduate students, non-ideological and straightforward.