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Qualitative Research Practice

A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers



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'An excellent introduction to the theoretical, methodological and practical issues of qualitative research...they deal with issues at all stages in a very direct, clear, systematic and practical manner and thus make the processes involved in qualitative research more transparent' - Nyhedsbrev 'This is a "how to" book on qualitative methods written by people who do qualitative research for a living...It is likely to become the standard manual on all graduate and undergraduate courses on qualitative methods' - Professor Robert Walker, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham What exactly is qualitative research? What are the processes involved and what can it deliver as a mode of inquiry? Qualitative research is an exciting blend of scientific investigation and creative discovery. When properly executed, it can bring a unique understanding of people's lives which in turn can be used to deepen our understanding of society. It as a skilled craft used by practitioners and researchers in the 'real world'; this textbook illuminates the possibilities of qualitative research and presents a sequential overview of the process written by those active in the field. Qualitative Research Practice: - Leads the student or researcher through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting. - Is written by practising researchers with extensive experience of conducting qualitative research in the arena of social and public policy - contains numerous case studies. - Contains plenty of pedagogical material including chapter summaries, explanation of key concepts, reflective points for seminar discussion and further reading in each chapter - Is structured and applicable for all courses in qualitative research, irrespective of field. Drawn heavily on courses run by the Qualitative Unit at the National Centre for Social Research, this textbook should be recommended reading for students new to qualitative research across the social sciences.

Table of Contents

The Foundations of Qualitative Research - Dawn Snape and Liz Spencer The Applications of Qualitative Methods in Social Policy Research - Jane Ritchie Design Issues - Jane Lewis Designing and Selecting Samples - Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis and Gillian Elam Designing Fieldwork Strategies and Materials - Sue Arthur and James Nazroo In-Depth Interviews - Robin Legard, Jill Keegan and Kit Ward Focus Groups - Helen Finch and Jane Lewis Analysis - Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie and William O'Connor Practices, Principles and Processes Carrying out Qualitative Analysis - Jane Ritchie, Liz Spencer and William O'Connor Generalizing from Qualitative Research - Jane Lewis and Jane Ritchie Reporting and Presenting Qualitative Data - Clarissa White, Kandy Woodfield and Jane Ritchie
Release date NZ
February 21st, 2003
Edited by Jane Lewis Edited by Jane Ritchie
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
SAGE Publications Ltd
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