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Qualitative Research Practice

Qualitative Research Practice
A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers

Second Edition
Edited by:

December 2013 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why use qualitative methods? What kinds of questions can qualitative methods help you answer? How do you actually do rigorous and reflective qualitative research in the real world?  

Written by a team of leading researchers associated with NatCen Social Research (the National Centre for Social Research) this textbook leads students and researchers through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting.   In this fully revised second edition you will find:
  • A practical account of how to carry out qualitative research which recognises a range of current approaches and applications
  • A brand new chapter on ethics
  • A brand new chapter on observational research
  • Updated advice on using software when analysing your qualitative data
  • New case studies which illustrate issues you may encounter and how problems have been tackled by other researchers.  
This book is an ideal guide for students, practitioners and researchers faced with the challenges of doing qualitative research in both applied and academic settings in messy real-life contexts.
Rachel Ormston, Liz Spencer, Matt Barnard, Dawn Snape
The Foundations of Qualitative Research
Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston
The Applications of Qualitative Methods to Social Research
Jane Lewis and Carol McNaughton Nicholls
Design Issues
Stephen Webster, Jane Lewis and Ashley Brown
Ethics of Qualitative Research
Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis, Gilliam Elam, Rosalind Tennant and Nilufer Rahim
Designing and Selecting Samples
Sue Arthur, Martin Mitchell, Jane Lewis and Carol McNaughton Nicholls
Designing Fieldwork
Alice Yeo, Robin Legard, Jill Keegan, Kit Ward, Carol McNaughton Nicholls and Jane Lewis
In-depth Interviews
Helen Finch, Jane Lewis, and Caroline Turley
Focus Groups
Carol McNaughton Nicholls, Lisa Mills and Mehul Kotecha
Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, Rachel Ormston, William O'Connor and Matt Barnard
Analysis: Principles and Processes
Traditions and approaches
Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, William O'Connor, Gareth Morrell and Rachel Ormston
Analysis in practice
Clarissa White, Kandy Woodfield, Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston
Writing up qualitative Research

Full of useful and informative chapters that take the students through the key stages within qualitative research.

Professor Margaret Hogg
Department of Marketing, Lancaster University

I think this is an excellent book - whenever students ask for advice on DOING qualitative research (rather than writing essays on it), I reach for this.

Dr Ben Baumberg
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent

An excellent primer for anyone who is new to qualitative research, and also a very useful reference book for people with more experience.

Helen Kara
SRA Trustee
SRA Research Matters

The book gives a good comprehensive introduction to qualitative research and belongs to the basic literature for understanding Framework Analysis.

Mr Christian Holst
Strategisches Management und Organisation, Leuphana Universitat Luneburg
February 24, 2021

Another well-written book on qualitative research.

Dr Alice Lungu
Urban Studies, Copperbelt University
June 28, 2020

I have no comments for the inspection copy. Excellent piece of work!

Miss Zoi Papadatou
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Robert Gordon University
April 15, 2019

A very solid and insightful introductory book for anyone engaging in qualitative research. It covers topics such as ethics and values to issues of writing and analysis. I would defiantly recommend this book to students who are dipping their toes into research and need a one stop book

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
March 1, 2017

This is an excellent book with clear insights about methodology. Clear for students to read.

Miss Maria Adams
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Surrey University
November 11, 2016

This book is well written. Since i got my hands on this book, i have used it less compared to my peers and students as it so helpful seemingly not to me alone. As a result, i have consulted our library to have this book bought.

Mr Herring Shava
School of Business and Enterprise, University of Fort Hare
September 13, 2017

It is concise, very informative, easy to follow, even for those who have little experience of research, and a very good read for those who already have some knowledge and understanding

Ms Janet Goddard
Psychology, Social Work & Human Sci, University of West London
September 5, 2016