Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook

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Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook

Format:  Paperback,

456 pages

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

Publish Date: Dec 2009

ISBN-13: 9781848600348

ISBN-10: 1848600348

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Written in a lively, accessible style, Doing Qualitative Research provides a step-by-step guide to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues such as defining originality and narrowing down a topic, keeping a research diary and writing a research report, and presenting research to different audiences.

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Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)
Publish Date: Dec 2009
ISBN-13: 9781848600348
ISBN-10: 1848600348
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 456
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Chapter outline

Introduction
How To Use This Book
What You Can (And Can't) Do With Qualitative Research
Introduction
Why Do Students Use Qualitative Methods?
Are Qualitative Methods Always The Best?
Should You Use Qualitative Methods?
Concluding Remarks
The Research Experience I
Introduction
Moira's Research Diary
Sally's Research Diary
Simon's Research Diary
Concluding Remarks
The Research Experience II
Introduction
Interviews
Ethnographies
Texts
Audio Data
Visual Data
Multiple Methods
Concluding Remarks
What Counts As 'Originality'?
Introduction
Originality
Being A 'Professional'
Independent Critical Thought
Concluding Remarks
Starting Out
Selecting A Topic
Introduction
Workable Research Questions
Simplistic Inductivism
The 'Kitchen Sink' Gambit
The Grand Theorist
Strategies For Simplistic Inductivists
Strategies For 'Kitchen Sinkers'
Strategies For Grand Theorists
Strategies For All Researchers
Concluding Remarks
Using Theories
Introduction
How Theoretical Models Shape Research
The Different Languages Of Qualitative Research
Theories, Models And Hypotheses
Examples
Concluding Remarks
Choosing A Methodology
Introduction
Qualitative Or Quantitative?
Your Research Strategy
Choosing A Methodology: A Case Study
Naturally-Occurring Data?
Multiple Methods?
Concluding Remarks
Selecting A Case
Introduction
What Is A Case Study?
Generalizing From Cases
Types Of Case Studies
Combining Qualitative Research With Quantitative Measures Of Populations
Purposive Sampling
Theoretical Sampling
Generalizability Is Present In A Single Case
Concluding Remarks
Ethical Research
Introduction
The Standards Of Ethical Research
Why Ethics Matter For Your Research
Ethical Guidelines In Practice
Complex Ethical Issues
Research Governance
Conclusion: Managing Ethical Demands
Writing A Research Proposal
Introduction
Aim For Crystal Clarity
Plan Before You Write
Be Persuasive
Be Practical
Make Broader Links
Concluding Remarks
Collecting and Analysing Your Data
Collecting Your Data
Collecting Interview Data
Collecting Ethnographic Data
Concluding Remarks
Developing Data Analysis
Introduction
Kick-Starting Data Analysis
A Case Study
Interviews
Fieldnotes
Transcripts
Visual Data
Concluding Remarks
Using Computers To Analyse Qualitative Data
Introduction
What CAQDAS Software Can Do For You
Advantages Of CAQDAS
Limitations And Disadvantages
Theory Building With CAQDAS
Keyword Analysis
Concluding Remarks
Quality In Qualitative Research
Introduction
Validity
Reliability
Concluding Remarks
Evaluating Qualitative Research
Introduction
Two Guides For Evaluating Research
Four Quality Criteria
Applying Quality Criteria
Four Quality Issues Revisited
Concluding Remarks
Writing Up
The First Few Pages
Introduction
The Title
The Abstract
The List of Contents
The Introduction
Concluding Remarks
The Literature Review Chapter
Recording Your Reading
Writing Your Literature Review
Practical Questions
Principles
Do You Need A Literature Review Chapter?
Concluding Remarks
The Methodology Chapter
Introduction
What Should The Methodology Chapter Contain?
A Natural History Chapter?
Concluding Remarks
Writing Your Data Chapters
Introduction
The Macrostructure
The Microstructure
Tightening Up
Concluding Remarks
Your Final Chapter
Introduction
The Final Chapter As Mutual Stimulation
What Exactly Should Your Final Chapter Contain?
Confessions And Trumpets
Theorizing As Thinking Through Data
Writing For Audiences
Why Your Final Chapter Can Be Fun
Concluding Remarks
Getting Support
Making Good Use Of Your Supervisor
Introduction
Supervision Horror Stories
Student And Supervisor Expectations
The Early Stages
The Later Stages
Standards Of Good Practice
Concluding Remarks
Getting Feedback
Introduction
Writing
Speaking
The Art Of Presenting Research
Feedback From The People You Study
Concluding Remarks
Review
Effective Qualitative Research
Introduction
Keep It Simple
Take Advantage Of Using Qualitative Data
Avoid Drowning In Data
Avoid Journalism
Concluding Remarks
The Aftermath
Surviving an Oral Examination
Introduction
Viva Horror Stories
Preparing For Your Oral
Doing The Oral
Outcomes
Revising Your Thesis After The Oral
A Case Study
Concluding Remarks
Getting Published
Introduction
The Backstage Politics Of Publishing
Strategic Choices
What Journals Are Looking For
Reviewers' Comments
How To Write A Short Journal Article
Concluding Remarks
Audiences
Introduction
The Policy-Making Audience
The Practitioner Audience
The Lay Audience
Concluding Remarks
Finding A Job
Introduction
Learning About Vacancies
Getting On A Shortlist
The Job Interview
Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Simplified Transcription Symbols

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Written in a lively, accessible style, Doing Qualitative Research provides a step-by-step guide to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues such as defining ‘originality†and narrowing down a topic, keeping a research diary and writing a research report, and presenting research to different audiences.

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