Writing up Qualitative Research

ISBN-10: 0803937938

ISBN-13: 9780803937932

Edition: 1990

Authors: Harry F. Wolcott
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Description: "I believe Wolcott has achieved his purpose admirably. . . Writing Up Qualitative Research contains many useful suggestions to help both the novice and the experienced writer. . . . If you follow the suggestions in the book, you will get your own work written and it will be well written." --Madelaine Ramey in Evaluation Practice "I have just finished a qualitative case study based almost entirely on interviews with engineering students. The two sources on which I depended most heavily were Robert Stakes The Art of Case Study Research and Harry F. Wolcotts Writing Up Qualitative Research. I have heard others sing the praises of different works and I have referred to them, but favor the two mentioned." --Terry C. Hall, Ed.D. Independent Scholar "This book is timely in attempting to offer a path for beginning and perhaps more important, controlling and finishing written work for sharing with a wide but critical audience. The chapter headings provide a flavor of the book--reading about writing; getting going; keeping going; tightening up; finishing up; getting published. . . . This is a stimulating and worthwhile book for everyone attempting to cope with writing up their findings from this exciting form of research." --Journal of Osteopathic Education "Written in an easy-to-read, conversational-tone, Writing Up Qualitative Research is useful and interesting and will be an important aid to graduate students working on their dissertations. It will also enable recent doctorates who accept university positions to advance in their profession through writing and publishing." --Harvard Educational Review "His consistent use of the first person and a conversational style . . . makes the book a pleasure to read. . . . It is not that Wolcotts ideas are new. Indeed, much of what he has written is also covered by other writers. The difference is that his presentation is written in such an engaging style that it is more likely to be read." --Contemporary Sociology "Excellent advice on getting started, keeping going and crafting your writing towards appropriate audiences, and much of the advice offered is as applicable to quantitative as to qualitative work. Wolcotts booklet provides the ideal complement to Richardsons more reflexive discussion by offering us a down-to-earth guide as to ''how to do it.''. . . Clear, practical tips given with the obvious weight of experience behind them. . . . Recommended reading for anyone out there despairing of ever starting to turn that pile of transcripts into written form (and indeed for all those lucky enough to have already started)." --Social Research Association News Researchers across the social sciences all face the same inherent problem--how to write up their findings once the research stage is completed. Now, in Writing Up Qualitative Research, Harry Wolcott draws on years of personal experience to take researchers step by step through the final stage of the research process. He examines key problems in writing qualitative research and explores alternative ways of coping with these problems. Written in a lively, informal style, this practical volume shows researchers how to begin the writing process, how to edit, and how to get published. Wolcott also addresses the problem of ensuring that whatever the researcher has recorded--from observations, interviews, or archival research--is included in the final write-up. Writing Up Qualitative Research is an essential resource for anyone engaged in social research for whom the link between conducting research and writing it up seems more like an obstacle than an opportunity.

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.20" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Alice Beck Kehoeis professor emeritus of anthropology at Marquette University, and author of a dozen books, including Controversies in Archaeology, The Ghost Dance: Ethnohistory and Revitalization,andNorth American Indians: A Comprehensive Account. Paul L. Doughtyis Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Florida. He is coauthor ofPeru: A Cultural HistoryandPeasants, Power, and Applied Social Change: Vicos as a Model.

Introduction
Writing Versus Ought-to-be-Writing
Looking Ahead
Jump Start
Getting Going
How to Begin
Following a Writing Plan
When to Begin
Where to Begin
Analysis and Interpretation
The Problem of Focus
Problems of Sorting and Organizing Data
Recap
Putting Ideas to Test
Keeping Going
Stay With It
The Expanding Hanging File Approach
Keeping Up the Momentum
When It's Time for Details, Get Them Right the First Time
Keeping Track of References
Keeping Track of Bits and Pieces
Getting Feedback
Checklist
Linking Up
The "Lit" Review
Making the Link to Theory
Linking Up Through Method
Research Techniques in Qualitative Inquiry
Finding Ways to Represent Qualitative Approaches Graphically
Conceptualizing Qualitative Approaches as a Tree Method, Your (Data Collection) Methods, and Methodology
Method or Theory as Narrative
Summary
Forging Links
Applications
Tightening Up
Reviewing for Content and Style
Revising and Editing
Honing Your Editorial Skills
Formal Editorial Skills
How Do You Conclude a Qualitative Study?
Alternatives to Concluding a Study
Running out of Space
Crowding More In
Cutting More Out
In Short
Finishing Up
Title
The Front Matter
The Body of the Text
The Back Matter
End Game
Getting Published
Alternative Ways to Get Into Print
On Not Getting Published
Final Thoughts
References and Select Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author/About the Book
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