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Successful Qualitative Research
A Practical Guide for Beginners

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© 2013 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
*Shortlisted for the BPS Book Award 2014 in the Textbook Category*

*Winner of the 2014 Distinguished Publication Award (DPA) from the Association for Women in  Psychology (AWP)*


Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners is an accessible, practical textbook. It sidesteps detailed theoretical discussion in favor of providing a comprehensive overview of strategic tips and skills for starting and completing successful qualitative research.

Uniquely, the authors provide a "patterns framework" to qualitative data analysis in this book, also known as "thematic analysis." The authors walk students through a basic thematic approach, and compare and contrast this with other approaches. This discussion of commonalities, explaining why and when each method should be used, and in the context of looking at patterns, will provide students with complete confidence for their qualitative research journey.

This textbook will be an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates taking a course in qualitative research or using qualitative approaches in a research project.

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Acknowledgements
 
PART ONE: Successfully Getting Started in Qualitative Research
 
Chapter One: Some Very Important Starting Information
 
Chapter Two: 10 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
 
Chapter Three: Planning and Designing Qualitative Research
 
PART TWO: Sucessfully Collecting Qualitative Data
 
Chapter Four: Interactive Data Collection 1: Interviews
 
Chapter Five: Interactive Data Collection 2: Focus Groups
 
Chapter Six: Textual Data Collection: Surveys, Stories, Diaries and Secondary Sources
 
PART THREE: Successfully analysing Qualitative Data
 
Chapter Seven: Preparing Audio Data for Analysis: Transcription
 
Chapter Eight: Moving Towards Analysis
 
Chapter Nine: First Analytic Steps: Familiarization and Data Coding
 
Chapter Ten: Identifying Patterns across Data
 
Chapter Eleven: Analyzing and Interpreting Patterns Across Data
 
PART FOUR: Successfully Completing Qualitative Research
 
Chapter Twelve: Quality Criteria and Techniques for Qualitative Research
 
Chapter Thirteen: Writing and Communicating Qualitative Research

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This is an essential accessible research reference text for any students contemplating primary qualitative research or study. The incremental structure of this book practically guides the reader through the key fundamentals of qualitative research questions and design, data collection and analysis. Each chapter is filled with supplementary, useful illustrative good practice examples, concise figures, tables, further resources, on-line resources and reflective questions which promotes a deeper understanding and learning for any novice researcher.
An ideal core text for any post-graduate students wishing to embark upon successful qualitative research.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work Bishop Otter, Chichester University
August 1, 2016

This book is a gem - for all qualitative researchers and those who are about to become one. It is easy to read and to understand; also because there are vivid examples from the wider literature but also from the focus group example conduced particularly for the book. Although it says it is "for beginners" it is also valuable as a resource and reference for advanced researchers.

Ms Christiane Grünloh
Faculty for Informatics & Engineering Services, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
November 11, 2016

Well written with comprehensive detail on conducting qualitative research. Suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mr Peter Allum
School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth
April 1, 2016

Well written with comprehensive detail on conducting qualitative research. Suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mr Peter Allum
School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth
April 1, 2016

Easy to read and understand guide to the qualitative research process particularly useful for analysis & thematic analysis. I will be adding to my relevant reading lists.

Mr Philip Russell
Department of Humanities, Tallaght Institute of Technology
March 2, 2016

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