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Working with Qualitative Data

Working with Qualitative Data

May 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Working with Qualitative Data provides a practical and accessible introduction to how to develop and apply strategies for the analysis of qualitative data by exploring the ways in which analysis is related to all aspects of research.

By situating analysis in the context of the whole research process, this book helps the reader to introduce an analytical component to every stage of doing research: from designing a project, reviewing the literature, through the various stages of gathering data, to the process of writing-up. Through practical examples the book maps out strategies for developing analytic frameworks in relation to all aspects of research, and demonstrates the ways in which such frameworks can be used in relation to various sorts of data.

In contrast to existing qualitative data analysis texts, this book offers a unified approach to the process of analysis within qualitative research. It will be of great use to students and researchers across the full range of social, health and education sciences.

Introduction: Qualitative Data Analysis in Context
Theory, Grounded Theory and Analysis
Engaging with Literature
Research Design
Using Documents in Research
Generating Data through Questions and Observation
Transcribimg and Representing Data
Identifying Themes, Codes and Hypotheses
Images and Texts
Video and Audio Data
Using Technology
Writing and Presenting Analysis
Concluding Remarks

Excellent text which will be highly recommended to those students using qualitative data

Miss Jane Harvey-Lloyd
Health , University Campus Suffolk
March 12, 2010

I recommend this book to students who are undertaking qualitative research projects

Patricia Warren
Dept of Nursing, University College Cork (NUI)
March 11, 2010

The book provides a detailed overview of a number of different ways to analyse qualitative data, depending on the source of the data. The text is easy to read with lots of practice advice and application of the analyses process. A large breath of information is covered in the book therefore details on analysing each data source can be limited. However the information provided equips the reader with much practical knowledge needed to begin the data analysis process. Addition reading may be required to build on some chapters.

Miss Joy Conlon
Nursing , Dublin City University (DCU)
February 18, 2010

I like the format of the book and the summary boxes. Not many texts provide a detailed introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of analysis - I will find this useful when explaining to students the importance of a theoretical framework. In depth and has wide appeal and application. At times 'data' are referred to as being singular ie; data is, instead of data are...A minor criticism but it is annoying!
Overall though a very good book useful to students at all academic levels.

Dr Theresa Mitchell
Health , University of the West of England, Bristol
February 16, 2010

A helpful book to aid students in collecting and interpreting qualitative data - essential for students embarking on qualitative research

Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
The Edward de Bono Istitute, University of Malta
February 12, 2010

This text takes the student through the natural history of the research process, applying relevant theory to the practice of working with data.

Mrs Sally Boyle
Nursing , Hertfordshire University
November 30, 2009

This is a helpful addition to the range of texts with a focus on qualitative research design,methods and data collection and analysis. Useful sections on analysis and complexities to applications and use of technology for analysis and representing data.
Sections are useful and provide the reader with a coherent framework of the research process.

Students will find this useful for undergraduate dissertations and postgraduate studies.

Dr Estelle Martin
October 10, 2009

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