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Qualitative Research Practice

Format:  Other,

534 pages

Edition: Concise

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

Publish Date: Dec 2006

ISBN-13: 9781412934206

ISBN-10: 1412934206

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This comprehensive collection of almost 40 chapters - each written by a leading expert in the field - is the essential reference for anyone undertaking or studying qualitative research. It covers a diversity of methods and a variety of perspectives and is a very practical and informative guide for newcomers and experienced researchers alike' - "John Scott, University of Essex

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The best ways in which to understand the issues and processes informing qualitative research is to learn from the accounts of its leading practitioners. Here they come together in what is a distinctive and wide-ranging collection that will appeal to postgraduates and social researchers in general' - "Tim May, University of Salford

"

This excellent guide engages in a dialogue with a wide range of expert qualitative researchers, each of whom considers their own practice in an illuminating and challenging way. Overall, the book constitutes an authoritative survey of current methods of qualitative research data collection and analysis' - "Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey

"

This concise paperback edition of the best selling handbook, Qualitative Research Practice, is particularly aimed at the student reader. The chapters are written by leading, internationally distinguished qualitative researchers who recount and reflect on their own research experiences as well as others, past and present, from whom they have learned. It demonstrates the benefits of using particular methods from the viewpoint of real-life experience. This is also a good philosophy for students to adopt in planing research work: to begin from a practical conception of the research process and to treat a book like this as an opportunity to learn a valuable craft.

From the outside, good research seems to be produced through practitioners learning and following standard theoretical, empirical and procedural formats. But from the inside we learn that qualitative research (like other forms of scientific endeavour) is also a biographical engagement, rendering its scholarly and practical contributions in its own terms. Standards take on practical meaning as the distinct activities of qualitative research resonate throughout the enterprise, complicating its accountability to itself and to others. In an authoritative yet accessible manner, Qualitative Research Practice reveals the special features of this engagement, teaching us that qualitative research is as much a craft and practice as it is a way of knowing.

Presenting a comprehensive examination of contemporary and traditional varieties of qualitative research practice, Qualitative Research Practice will be an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in any discipline. It is an essential and definitive guide to the major forms of qualitative methods in use today, written by leaders in the relevant fields of research practice.

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Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)
Publish Date: Dec 2006
ISBN-13: 9781412934206
ISBN-10: 1412934206
Format: Other
Number of Pages: 534
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.11
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.97 x 1.18 x 9.66

Chapter outline

Introduction
Inside Qualitative Research
Encountering Method
Interviews
Oral History
Biographical Research
Focus Groups
Grounded Theory
Performance and Rehearsal
The Ethnographer at the Opera
Analytic Frameworks
Narrative Research
Feminist Approaches
The Foucaultian Framework
Ethnomethodology
Conversation Analysis
Discourse Analytic Practice
Critical Discourse Analysis
Field Relations
Ethnography and Participant Observation
Ethical Issues
Working in Hostile Environments
Politics, Research and Understanding
Collaborative and Team Research
Context and Method
Context
Working it Up, Down and Across
Working Qualitatively and Quantitatively
Secondary Analysis of Archived Data
Reanalysis of Previously Collected Material
The Internet as Research Context
Documents
Visual Methods
Quality and Credibility
Quality in Qualitative Research
Five Misunderstandings about Case Study Research
Sampling, Representativeness and Generalizability
Working with 'Key Incidents'
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Audiences and Applications
Preparing and Evaluating Qualitative Research Proposals
Qualitative Market Research
Qualitative Evaluation Research
Action Research
Teaching Qualitative Method
Writing a Social Science Monograph
Publishing Qualitative Manuscripts
The International Context
The Globalization of Qualitative Research

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`This comprehensive collection of almost 40 chapters - each written by a leading expert in the field - is the essential reference for anyone undertaking or studying qualitative research. It covers a diversity of methods and a variety of perspectives and is a very practical and informative guide for newcomers and experienced researchers alike' - John Scott, University of Essex

`The best ways in which to understand the issues and processes informing qualitative research is to learn from the accounts of its leading practitioners. Here they come together in what is a distinctive and wide-ranging collection that will appeal to postgraduates and social researchers in general' - Tim May, University of Salford

`This excellent guide engages in a dialogue with a wide range of expert qualitative researchers, each of whom considers their own practice in an illuminating and challenging way. Overall, the book constitutes an authoritative survey of current methods of qualitative research data collection and analysis' - Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey

This concise paperback edition of the best selling handbook, Qualitative Research Practice, is particularly aimed at the student reader. The chapters are written by leading, internationally distinguished qualitative researchers who recount and reflect on their own research experiences as well as others, past and present, from whom they have learned. It demonstrates the benefits of using particular methods from the viewpoint of real-life experience. This is also a good philosophy for students to adopt in planing research work: to begin from a practical conception of the research process and to treat a book like this as an opportunity to learn a valuable craft.

From the outside, good research seems to be produced through practitioners learning and following standard theoretical, empirical and procedural formats. But from the inside we learn that qualitative research (like other forms of scientific endeavour) is also a biographical engagement, rendering its scholarly and practical contributions in its own terms. Standards take on practical meaning as the distinct activities of qualitative research resonate throughout the enterprise, complicating its accountability to itself and to others. In an authoritative yet accessible manner, Qualitative Research Practice reveals the special features of this engagement, teaching us that qualitative research is as much a craft and practice as it is a way of knowing.

Presenting a comprehensive examination of contemporary and traditional varieties of qualitative research practice, Qualitative Research Practice will be an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in any discipline. It is an essential and definitive guide to the major forms of qualitative methods in use today, written by leaders in the relevant fields of research practice.

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