In this exciting and major updating of one the most important textbooks for beginning qualitative researchers, David Silverman seeks to match the typical chronology of experience faced by the student-reader. Earlier editions of Interpreting Qualitative Data largely sought to provide material for students to answer exam questions, yet the undergraduate encounter with methods training is increasingly assessed by students doing their own research project. In this context, the objective of the Third Edition is to offer undergraduates the kind of hands-on training in qualitative research required to guide them through the process. New to the Third Edition: - substantially rewritten so as to better match the realities of undergraduate qualitative methods courses - more worked examples throughout the book to help students work with their data - Chapter One now provides an extensive discussion of the practical and design issues of how to get started, establish a limited research problem, select a method, address ethical issues, get the information required and plan time effectively - a completely new chapter on 'writing up' which includes a section on theorising from data.
Also, a completely new ethics chapter. - updating of all methods chapters - in line with current undergraduate benchmarking practice, each section now begins with opening chapter objectives. Interpreting Qualitative Data, Third Edition is a companion volume to David Silverman's Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook (SAGE, Second Edition 2005), a guide to the business of conducting a research project, together with its accompanying volume of key readings, Qualitative Research: Theory, Method & Practice (SAGE, Second Edition 2004), which provides further, more focused, material that students require before contemplating their own qualitative research study.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THEORY AND METHOD IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Beginning Research What Is Qualitative Research? PART TWO: METHODS Ethnography and Observation Interviews Texts Naturally Occurring Talk Visual Images PART THREE: RESEARCH PRACTICE Credible Qualitative Research Research Ethics Writing Your Report PART FOUR: IMPLICATIONS The Relevance of Qualitative Research The Potential of Qualitative Research Eight Reminders
David Silverman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths' College and Visiting Professor, Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. His research interests focus on medical encounters, conversation and discourse analysis. He is the author of Interpreting Qualitative Data (Fourth Edition,2012), Doing Qualitative Research (Third Edition,2010) and A Very Short, Fairly Interesting, Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research (2007). He is the editor of Qualitative Research (Third Edition,2011).