This book takes a fresh approach to teaching about qualitative research by providing case studies of various student qualitative research experiences revealing the struggles, joys, discoveries, and surprises that often take place during the qualitative research process. By studying other student examples of research (including obstacles and how they were overcome) students can learn through the real-life experiences of other students. The book is divided into three parts.
The book also covers the nuts and bolts of qualitative research, enabling instructors to use this book as a stand alone text.
Victor Minichiello, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, School of Public Health and Human Biosciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focus is on public health, men's health, gerontology and sexualities. He has conducted quantitative and qualitative studies on the sexual health of people across the lifespan, including studies on the male sex industry. He has written books on both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and his own research uses in-depth interviews, surveys and secondary data analysis. Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written more than 90 books about a wide range of subjects. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, and Therapy Over 50. He has been an educator for 40 years, having worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, nongovernmental organization, university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. He is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton.