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Doing Qualitative Research

Fifth Edition
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology
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November 2017 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Accessible, practical, and packed with indispensable advice, this bestselling textbook is the perfect hands-on guide for any student embarking on their own research.  With expert advice from the author and real-life experiences from students, this book shows you how to go from the ideas of research to the practicalities of designing, conducting, and writing about your research yourself.

What’s new in this edition:

·         Fully interactive digital field guide including video tutorials and real data to practice with

·         An improved structure that takes you step-by-step form start to finish 

·         An overview and practical guidance on mixed methods and working with different kinds of data


The free digital field guide secures its place as the ‘take this everywhere’ textbook that supports students both in the classroom and in the field providing access via tablet/phone/laptop for easy access to:

    - A readymade bibliography of qualitative research contained in SAGE journal articles curated by the author, to enrich reading and offer top research articles to cite;

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Definitions to explain key concepts and methods to deepen understanding of what is discussed in the text;

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David's quick, practical video tips and instructional guidance for when students are in the field (or preparing to go into it). David steps in as an instant supervisor to give encouragement and avoid common pitfalls;

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A treasure chest of online resources and weblinks chosen by David offering expert guidance on how to do research and do it better. These include research websites and resources as well as insider guides from trusted experts, links to organizations/software, online text/articles;

    - Datasets
provide students with research data on which to practice organizing, analysing, and drawing conclusions;

    -'Cheat sheets' and reflective trackers students can use to monitor their progress and plan and manage projects.

*Interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook included as part of paperback product (ISBN 9781526441614).
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Part One: Introduction
 
Chapter 1: How To Use This Book
 
Chapter 2: What You Can (and Can’t) Do with Qualitative Research
Why Do Researchers Use Qualitative Methods?

 
Are Qualitative Methods Always Appropriate?

 
Should You Use Qualitative Methods?

 
 
Chapter 3: Focusing a Research Project
Moira’s Research Diary

 
Sally’s Research Diary

 
Simon’s Research Diary

 
 
Part Two: Starting Out and Project Foundations
 
Chapter 4: Ethical Research
The Standards of Ethical Research

 
Why Ethics Matter for Your Research

 
Ethical Guidelines in Practice

 
Complex Ethical Issues

 
Research Governance

 
Managing Unfolding Ethical Demands

 
 
Chapter 5: What Counts as ‘Originality’?
Originality

 
Being a Professional

 
Independent Critical Thought

 
 
Chapter 6: Research Design
Interviews

 
Ethnographies

 
Texts

 
The Internet

 
Audio Data

 
Visual Data

 
Mixed Methods

 
 
Chapter 7: Using Theories
How Theoretical Models Shape Research

 
The Different Languages of Qualitative Research

 
Theories, Models and Hypotheses

 
Examples

 
 
Chapter 8: Formulating a Research Question
Challenges

 
Solutions

 
Some Cautions

 
 
Chapter 9: Choosing a Methodology
Qualitative or Quantitative?

 
Your Research Strategy

 
Choosing a Methodology: a Case Study

 
Naturally Occurring Data?

 
Mixed Methods?

 
 
Chapter 10: Writing a Research Proposal
Aim for Crystal Clarity

 
Plan Before You Write

 
Be Persuasive

 
Be Practical

 
Make Broader Links

 
A Caution: Misunderstanding Qualitative Research?

 
 
Part Three: Getting Support
 
Making Good Use of Your Supervisor
Supervision Horror Stories

 
Student and Supervisor Expectations

 
The Early Stages

 
The Later Stages

 
Standards of Good Practice

 
 
Chapter 12: Getting Feedback
Writing

 
Speaking

 
The Art of Presenting Research

 
Feedback from the People You Study

 
 
Part Four: Collecting and Analysing Data
 
Chapter 13: How many cases do you need?
What is a case study?

 
The Quantitative Model of Generalization

 
The Rationale of Case Study Design

 
Case study Research in Practice

 
 
Chapter 14: Collecting Your Data
Collecting Interview Data

 
Collecting Focus Group Data

 
Collecting Ethnographic Data

 
Collecting Internet Data

 
 
Chapter 15: Developing Data Analysis
Kick-Starting Data Analysis

 
A Case Study

 
Interviews

 
Fieldnotes

 
Transcripts

 
Visual Data

 
 
Chapter 16: Using Computers to Analyse Qualitative Data
A note on learning to use QDA software

 
What QDA software can do for you

 
Advantages of QDA software

 
Text analytics

 
 
Chapter 17: Quality in Qualitative Research
Validity

 
Reliability

 
 
Chapter 18: Evaluating Qualitative Research
Two Guides for Evaluating Research

 
Four Quality Criteria

 
Applying Quality Criteria

 
Four Quality Issues Revisited

 
 
Chapter 19: Effective Qualitative Research
Keep It Simple

 
Do Not Assume That We Are Only Concerned with Subjective Experience

 
Take Advantage of Using Qualitative Data

 
Avoid Drowning in Data

 
Avoid Journalism

 
 
Part Five: Writing Up Your Research
 
Chapter 20: Audiences
The Policy-Making Audience

 
The Practitioner Audience

 
The Lay Audience

 
 
Chapter 21: The First Few Pages
The Title

 
The Abstract

 
Keywords

 
The Table of Contents

 
 
Chapter 22: The Literature Review Chapter
Recording Your Reading

 
Writing your Literature Review

 
Practical Questions

 
Principles

 
Do You Need a Literature Review Chapter?

 
 
Chapter 23: The Methodology Chapter
What Should the Methodology Chapter Contain?

 
A Natural History Chapter?

 
 
Chapter 24: The Data Chapters
The Macrostructure

 
The Microstructure

 
Tightening Up

 
Chapter 25: The Concluding Chapter

 
The Concluding Chapter as Mutual Stimulation

 
What Exactly Should Your Concluding Chapter Contain?

 
Confessions and Trumpets

 
Theorizing as Thinking Through Data

 
Writing for Audiences

 
Why Your Concluding Chapter can be Fun

 
 
Part Six: The Aftermath
 
Chapter 26: Surviving an Oral Examination
Viva Horror Stories

 
Preparing for Your Oral

 
Doing the Oral

 
Outcomes

 
Revising Your Thesis after the Oral

 
A Case Study

 
 
Chapter 27: Getting Published
The Backstage Politics of Publishing

 
 
Strategic Choices
What Journals are Looking For

 
Reviewers’ Comments

 
How to Write a Short Journal Article

 

Whether you are a scared neophyte research student or a more experienced qualitative researcher this is an excellent and invaluable and most importantly accessible text that will open the lid of a treasure box of resources. You need this book.

Thérèse A.G. Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Research Methodology, Northumbria University

In principle it is impossible to write a method book that will be valid forever. In practice, David Silverman did just that. Adjustments in new editions only fine-tune the text that contains everything that a qualitative researcher needs to know. 

Barbara Czarniawska
Senior Professor of Management Studies, University of Gothenburg

This is an excellent textbook that gives students very practical advice of how to conduct qualitative analysis in a thoughtful way. Silverman's vast experience within qualitative methods gives the text a clarity and overview that one can only admire. 

Nanna Mik-Meyer
Organization, Copenhagen Business School

An essential guide for anyone new to or brushing up on qualitative methodology. This clear, student-centered guide offers first person insights and true-to-life stories that prepare readers for all of the surprises that await researchers in the field. From the ins and outs of designing a study to writing up and publishing analysis (and much more), this book is an accessible, soup-to-nuts account of a complex set of methods we call qualitative research.

Katie Headrick Taylor
College of Education, University of Washington

David Silverman has updated this now classic text on qualitative research methods. The resulting 5th edition has further simplified the format and improved the accessibliity to students from a wide range of experience and knowledge of qualitative research methods. Over the many years we have used this text on our postgraduate methods courses, students have found it to be comprehensive and useful whatever stage of their degree, and particularly helpful for those students with little prior knowledge of qualitative research. Even for experienced researchers Silverman provides an invaluable handbook for easy reference.

Dr Amanda Bingley
Institute of Health Research, Lancaster University
September 26, 2017

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