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A Journey Through Qualitative Research
From Design to Reporting

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February 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This hands-on guide takes students from start-to-finish through the research process while showcasing the complexities and interrelationships of different methods, schools of thought, and associated analytical strategies.

Encouraging students to think of qualitative research as a flexible, cyclical process rather than a linear one, this book offers a panoramic strategy and dynamic approach to qualitative research that accommodates the fluid nature of research and accounts for lessons learned through lived experience.  With an emphasis on the analysis stage—within case, across case, and the dialogue between these insights and existing literature—it uses concrete applications to show how your methodological decisions translate into practice.

It covers:

  • Forming, defending, and evaluating research questions
  • Choosing a research approach
  • Ensuring ethically sound research
  • Collecting quality data
  • Analyzing data in layers
  • Reporting research results

Through a conversational tone that unpacks key vocabulary and acts as a companion supervisor, this book equips you to traverse every step of the qualitative research journey.


 
Chapter 1: Choosing qualitative inquiry
The knowledge production process

 
Qualitative research design

 
Realm of qualitative epistemologies

 
 
Chapter 2: Designing an iterative research project
Designing the research

 
The writing of a research project

 
 
Chapter 3: Choosing an Approach to Guide Methodological Decisions
Phenomenology

 
Grounded theory

 
Discourse analysis

 
Narrative analysis

 
Ethnography

 
 
Chapter 4: Choosing Tools for Your Fieldwork
Observation

 
Interviews

 
Documents

 
 
Chapter 5: Ethical challenges in qualitative research
Procedural Ethics

 
Making an Application to the REB

 
Concerns at the Heart of Research Relationships

 
 
Chapter 6: Preparing for analysis and validity requirements
The palimpsest as a metaphor for principles of analysis

 
Vertical analysis: The first stratum of the palimpsest

 
Horizontal analysis: The second stratum of the palimpsest

 
Theoretical analysis: The third stratum of the palimpsest

 
Initial project

 
 
Chapter 7: Vertical Analysis
Contextualizing condensation

 
Semantic condensation

 
 
Chapter 8: Horizontal analysis
Horizontal analysis using discourse analysis through interpretative repertoires

 
Horizontal analysis using a mixed approached inspired by grounded theory and narrative analysis

 
 
Chapter 9: Theorizing and presenting the results
Classification by Typology

 
Bringing out contrasting characters

 
Establishing a dialogue to enrich concepts

 
Ensuring the quality of the study

 

Great introduction to qualitative research methods. I find the section on analysis extremely informative and helpful - also I appreciate the online resources for instructors which I personally use for my classes.

Dr Marta Fadda
Health, University of Lugano
August 22, 2019

a well-designed and well-written textbook that will support students at different levels very well

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
April 10, 2019

The process of research can be daunting for students and the choice of approach and methods a challenge. As a strong advocate of qualitative research I have found this book to be well presented, thoughtful and full of great advice and explanation that will guide any student down their chosen research path. A very useful addition to a researcher's library.

Dr Ciaran McAleenan
School of the Built Environment (Jordanstown Campus), Ulster University
April 1, 2019

this is a really useful resource- students very often misunderstand the nature of qualitative research and this provides a solid framework for them to develop their knowledge

Ms Stella Harcourt
HE, Access and Counselling, South Essex College - Southend
April 1, 2019

An excellent book to support students through their individual qualitative reserach

Mrs Chrissie Draper
Educational Psychology, Derby College
April 1, 2019

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Choosing Qualitative Inquiry


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