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Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development
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Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development



April 2007 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.
 
Chapter 1: Qualitative Research and the Art of Learning to See
Learning to See

 
The Paradox of Learning to See

 
Paradox of Control and our Ability to See

 
Lessons From the Art World: Positioning Ourselves to See Fully

 
Drawing Informs Research: The Cultivation of Perceptual Skills

 
 
Chapter 2: Epistemological Considerations in Qualitative Research
Epistemology

 
Paradigms

 
Epistemology and Paradigms: Implications for Doing Qualitative Research

 
 
Chapter 3: Paths of Inquiry for Qualitative Research
Deduction

 
Induction

 
Abduction

 
Induction, Deduction and Abduction in Practice: Cycles of Inquiry

 
 
Chapter 4: Ontology of the Human Realm: Theoretical Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
Ontology and the Nature of Human Reality

 
Ontological Assumptions About Human Development

 
Ontological Assumptions About Families

 
Ontology Shapes Inquiry

 
 
Chapter 5: Methodology: How Theory Shapes Inquiry
Ethnography and the Study of Culture

 
Phenomenology: The Study of Conscious Experience

 
Grounded Theory Methodology

 
Narrative Inquiry: The Study of Story

 
Critical Approaches: The Tradition of Feminist Inquiry and the Example of Participatory Action Research

 
 
Chapter 6: Methods of Data Collection and Creation
Observation

 
Interviews

 
Focus Groups

 
 
Chapter 7: Research design: Constructing a Research Proposal
What Kind of Chef Are You?

 
Level I: Philosophical and Methodological Positioning

 
Level II: Developing a Research Proposal

 
Overview of the Research Plan: Practical Considerations

 
 
Chapter 8: Positioning the Self: Role Considerations and the Practices of Reflexivity
Dimensions of Reflexive Practice

 
Why Do We Do Reflexivity?

 
Reflexivity in Family Research

 
Reflexivity and Social Positioning

 
Balancing Vulnerability and Researcher Presence

 
 
Chapter 9: Analytical Strategies
What is Analysis in Qualitative Research?

 
Analysis for What?

 
Transcription as Part of Analysis

 
Analytic Approaches in Various Methodologies

 
The Diamond Approach: A Theory Development Model for Qualitative Data Analysis

 
 
Chapter 10: Integrity Practices: Ethics, Credibility and Politics of Conducting Qualitative Research
Ethical Guidelines

 
Informed Consent

 
Protecting Participants Through Confidentiality and Anonymity

 
Accountability

 
Credibility issues

 
Conclusion

 

"Daly has crafted one of the most accessible, comprehensive, and functional texts in research methods that students, scholars, and practitioners concerned with understanding family and development will immensely appreciate."

Carla L. Fisher
The Pennsylvania State University
Journal of Family Communication

I have adopted this book as an eseential text for this course. It gives both a good overview of the different research methods and also raises critical issues about using qualitative methods for family research

Ms Clarissa Sammut Scerri
Psychology , University of Malta
October 6, 2012

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