Interpreting Qualitative Data: A Guide to the Principles of Qualitative Research

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Interpreting Qualitative Data: A Guide to the Principles of Qualitative Research

Format:  Paperback,

500 pages

Publisher: Sage Pubns

Publish Date: Nov 2011

ISBN-13: 9780857024213

ISBN-10: 0857024213

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In this major updating of his bestselling, benchmark text, David Silverman walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analyzing qualitative data. The Fourth Edition includes a new chapter on data analysis dealing with grounded theory, discourse analysis and narrative analysis; more worked-through examples of different kinds of data and how to interpret them; a new section on focus groups and interpreting focus group data; an expanded ethics chapter; and more coverage of digital media and photographs as data.

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Publisher: Sage Pubns
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9780857024213
ISBN-10: 0857024213
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 500
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.25 x 8.75 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780857024213

Chapter outline

Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
What Is Qualitative Research?
In Search of a Working Definition
Loaded Evaluations of Research Methods
Methods Should Fit Your Research Question
The Good Sense of Quantitative Research
The Nonsense of Quantitative Research
The Good Sense of Qualitative Research
The Nonsense of Qualitative Research
Varieties of Qualitative Research
Designing a Research Project
Selecting a Topic
Formulating a Researchable Question
Fitting your Research Question into an Appropriate Theory
Choosing an Effective Research Design
An Effective Literature Review
Basic Terms in Research Design7
Data Analysis
Some Rules for Data Analysis
Content Analysis
Grounded theory
Narrative Analysis7
Research Ethics
Ethical Pitfalls
Ethical Safeguards
Some Ethical Complications
Methods
Ethnography and Observation
The Ethnographic Focus
Methodological Issues
The Theoretical Character of Ethnographic Observations7
Interviews
What is an 'Open-Ended' Interview?
Why Interview?
Implications: Three Versions of Interview Data
Positivism
Emotionalism
Constructionism
Adolescent Cultures: Combining 'What' and 'How' Questions
Moral Tales of Parenthood
The Three Models: a Summary
Summary: Basic Issues
Three Practical Questions - and Answers7
Focus Groups
What are Focus Groups?
Analysing Focus Group Data in Social Science
Form or Substance?
Concluding Comments
Texts
Structure of this Chapter
Comparative Keyword Analysis (Cka)
Ethnography
Ethnomethodology: Membership Categorisation Analysis7
Naturally-Occurring Talk
Why Work with Tapes?
Transcribing Audiotapes
Why Talk Matters
Conversation Analysis
Discourse Analysis
Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis Compared7
Visual Images
Kinds of Visual Data
Research Strategies
Content Analysis
Semiotics
Workplace Studies7
Research Practice
Credible Qualitative Research
Does Credibility Matter?
Reliability
Validity
Generalisability7
Writing Your Report
Beginnings
Your Literature Review
Your Methodology Section
Writing Up Your Data
Your Final Section
a Short Note on Plagiarism
Self-Expression or Argument?
Implications
The Relevance of Qualitative Research
Three Roles for the Social Scientist
The Audiences for Qualitative Research
The Contribution of Qualitative Social Science
Summary7
The Potential of Qualitative Research: Eight Reminders
Take Advantage of Naturally Occurring Data
Avoid Treating the Actor's Point of View as an Explanation
Study the Interrelationships Between Elements
Attempt Theoretically Fertile Research
Address Wider Audiences
Begin With 'How' Questions; Then Ask 'Why?'
Study 'Hyphenated' Phenomena
Treat Qualitative Research as Different from Journalism
Concluding Remarks

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In this major updating of his bestselling, benchmark text, David Silverman walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analyzing qualitative data. The Fourth Edition includes a new chapter on data analysis dealing with grounded theory, discourse analysis and narrative analysis; more worked-through examples of different kinds of data and how to interpret them; a new section on focus groups and interpreting focus group data; an expanded ethics chapter; and more coverage of digital media and photographs as data.

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