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The Qualitative Researcher's Companion
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The Qualitative Researcher's Companion



May 2002 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`Provides valuable insights for all those, experienced or neophyte, who have an interest in qualitative research' - Nurse Researcher

There is no longer any question that qualitative inquiry is fundamental to the enterprise of social science research, with a broad reach and a history all its own. This book seeks to introduce readers to selections that provide a solid intellectual grounding in the area of qualitative research.

Thoughtfully and painstakingly culled from over a thousand candidate articles, The Qualitative Researcher's Companion examines the theoretical underpinnings, methodological perspectives and empirical approaches that are crucial to the understanding and practice of qualitative inquiry.

Incisive, provocative, and drawn from across the many disciplines that employ qualitative inquiry, The Qualitative Researcher's Companion is a key addition to the bookshelf of anyone involved in the research act.

 
Introduction
 
Introduction
 
I. THEORIES & ANALYSIS
K. Eisenhardt
1. Building Theories from Case Study Research
J. Maxwell
2. Understanding and Validity in Qualitative Research
M. Hammersly
3. Ethnography and Realism
S. Gherardi & B. Turner
4. Real Men Don't Collect Soft Data
J. Van Maanen
5. The Fact of Fiction in Organizational Ethnography
 
II. METHODOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
D. Royce Sadler
6. Intuitive Data Processing
J. Lofland
7. Analytic Ethnography
J. W. Schofield
8. Increasing the Generalizability of Qualitative Research
Y. S. Lincoln & E. Guba
9. Judging the Quality of Case Study Reports
C. K. Riessman
10. Narrative Analysis
 
III. EMPIRICAL STUDIES
C. Fischer and F. Wertz
11. Empirical Phenomenological Analyses of Being Criminally Victimized
J. Ritchie and L. Spencer
12. Qualitative Data Analysis for Applied Policy Research
A. Wells, & et al.
13. Bounding the Case Within Its Context
N. K. Denzin
14. Interpretive Interactionism
C. J. Orona
15. Temporality and Identity Loss Due to Alzheimer's Disease
M. B. Miles & A. M. Huberman
16. Reflections and Advice

I highly recommend this book for novice researchers who will do qualitative research in their thesis study

Dr Bahadir Namdar
Primary Education/ Science Education Program, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
February 22, 2017

This text is exactly what it says it is a 'companion' to qualitative research. It is useful for undergraduate self study research projects as a supplementary text. It offers in depth explanations and an academic approach to qualitative research methods.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 14, 2016

Additional reading for advanced students on particular topics of interest covered in the various chapters of the book.

Dr Jyoti Belur
Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London
October 27, 2015

The book was never received by me

Mr Andrew G Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
September 4, 2015

A must-have book for all students

Dr Moheeb Abualqumboz
Faculty of Business and Law, Leeds Beckett University
March 18, 2015

This is a useful companion text that guides the novice and more mature researcher through the various compexities of undertaking qualitative research. I particularly like the chapter on Narrative, which, with the increasing move towards technology-enahanced learning is coming more to the fore

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
April 9, 2014

A very useful book for students learning about qualitative research

Mrs Penny Farrelly
Faculty of Society and Health, Bucks New University
May 8, 2013

A usefull book but difficult for 2. year students

Dr Tea Bengtsson
Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
February 13, 2013

As a guide or field manual for qualitative researchers, in operational terms, qualitative researcher’s companion provides demonstrations of the procedures involved in analysing data sets in terms of how these procedures were accomplished. This text discusses succinctly the findings from real case studies in relation to the trustworthiness, validity and usefulness of the results of different methods and approaches used in qualitative research. This book consists of 16 chapters which fall under three sections: (1) Theories and Analysis, tackles issues concerning constructing theories based upon case study research, the importance of validity in qualitative research, and what to consider when collecting soft data; (2) Methodological perspectives, covers reducing bias in qualitative evaluations, approaches to data analysis, generalisability issues with regards to the results of qualitative research findings, assessing the results of case study reports; and (3) Empirical studies, discusses different types of empirical studies employed in qualitative research across various disciplines and settings before concluding with, reflections and advice for anyone about to begin a qualitative research project. This book is essential reading for qualitative researchers new to the field of qualitative research and for anyone about to begin a qualitative study.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
April 30, 2012

Although the title is a bit misleading, the book provides an useful selection of reprinted journal articles and book chapters for those who are about to engage in qualitative research. It offers seminal readings to specific topics such as theory building, validity, and generalizability in qualitative research. Therefore, I can recommend it as a supplemental reading.

Mr Christian Kummer
Chair of Information Management, Dresden University of Technology
April 7, 2012

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