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Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences

ISBN-10: 0205318479
ISBN-13: 9780205318476
Edition: 4th 2001
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Book details

List price: $55.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/6/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

This book offers the most comprehensive and straightforward coverage of doing qualitative research on the market, now with a new chapter on Action Research. The author's central purpose remains a desire to instruct inexperienced researchers in ways of effectively collecting, organizing, and making sense of qualitative data, while stressing the importance of ethics in research and in taking the time to properly design and think through any research endeavor. After reading this book, fledgling researchers should be able to design, collect, and analyze data and then present their results to the scientific community.

Most chapters conclude with Trying It Out, Notes, and References
Preface
Introduction
Quantitative versus Qualitative Schools of Thought
Use of Triangulation Research Methodology
Qualitative Strategies: Defining an Orientation
From a Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Why Use Qualitative Methods?
A Plan of Presentation
Designing Qualitative Research
Theory and Concepts
Ideas and Theory
Literature Review
Framing Research Problems
Operationalization and Conceptualization
Designing Projects
Data Collection and Organization
Data Storage, Retrieval, and Analysis
Dissemination
Ethical Issues
Research Ethics in Historical Perspective
From Guidelines to Law: Regulations on the Research Process
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
Ethical Codes
Some Common Ethical Concerns in Behavioral Research
Physical and Ethical Dangers in Covert Research
Informed Consent and Implied Consent
Confidentiality and Anonymity
Securing the Data
Objectivity and Careful Research Design
A Dramaturgical Look at Interviewing
Dramaturgy and Interviewing
Types of Interviews
The Interview Schedule
Schedule Development
Communicating Effectively
A Few Common Problems in Question Formulation
Pretesting the Schedule
Long versus Short Interviews
Telephone Interviews
Conducting an Interview: A Natural or an Unnatural Communication?
The Dramaturgical Interview
The Interviewer's Repertoire
Know Your Audience
Analyzing Data Obtained from the Dramaturgical Interview
Focus Group Interviewing
What Are Focus Group Interviews?
The Evolution of Focus Group Interviews
Advantages and Disadvantages of Focus Group Interviewing
Facilitating Focus Group Dynamics: How Focus Groups Work
The Moderator's Guide
Basic Ingredients in Focus Groups
Confidentiality and Focus Group Interviews
Recent Trends in Focus Groups
Ethnographic Field Strategies
Accessing a Field Setting: Getting In
Reflectivity and Ethnography
Becoming Invisible
Other Dangers during Ethnographic Research
Watching, Listening, and Learning
Other Analysis Strategies: Typologies, Sociograms, and Metaphors
Disengaging: Getting Out
Action Research
The Basics of Action Research
Identifying the Research Question(s)
Gathering the Information to Answer Question(s)
Analyzing and Interpreting the Information
Sharing the Results with the Participants
The Action Researcher's Role
Types of Action Research
Unobtrusive Measures in Research
Archival Strategies
Physical Erosion and Accretion: Human Traces as Data Sources
Historiography and Oral Traditions
What Is Historical Research?
Life Histories and Historiography
What Are the Sources of Data of Historical Researchers?
Doing Historiography: Tracing Written History as Data
What Are Oral Histories?
Case Studies
The Nature of Case Studies
The Individual Case Study
Intrinsic, Instrume

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