Doing Qualitative Research A Practical Handbook

ISBN-10: 1446260151
ISBN-13: 9781446260159
Edition: 4th 2013
Authors: David Silverman
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 4/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

In the fourth edition of his best-selling textbook, David Silverman provides a step-by-step guide to planning and conducting qualitative research. Using real examples from real postgraduate students, the book makes it easy to link theory to methods, and shows how to move from understanding the principles of qualitative research to doing it yourself. The new edition has been fully updated and now includes: - A brand new chapter on formulating a research question appropriate for qualitative research - An expanded discussion of the role of theory in research which includes discussion of grounded theory and narrative analysis as well as the ways in which constructionism and naturalism can inspire research. - Extended discussion of case study research and the number of cases need for effective qualitative research. - Further coverage of focus groups and analysing internet data - New student examples from around the world - A new section on the common pitfalls encountered in qualitative research - An expanded companion website with more student examples and videos Filled with exercises to test your understanding and develop your skills, as well as David's own tips for research success based on years of experience, this book is essential reading for anyone doing qualitative research.

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He has lived in London for most ofnbsp;his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards,nbsp;he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles.nbsp;He returned to LSE to write a PhD on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970. Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA,nbsp;his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College.nbsp;His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling,nbsp;1997). He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful PhD students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999,nbsp;he hasnbsp;continued publishing methodology books.nbsp;He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket andnbsp;spending time with hisnbsp;grandchildren.

Publisher's Acknowledgements
About the Author
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Companion Website
Introduction
How To Use This Book
What You Can (and Can't) Do with Qualitative Research
Introduction
Why Do Researchers Use Qualitative Methods?
Are Qualitative Methods Always Appropriate?
Should You Use Qualitative Methods?
Concluding Remarks
Focusing a Research Project
Introduction
Moira's Research Diary
Sally's Research Diary
Simon's Research Diary
Concluding Remarks
Issues in Research Design
Introduction
Interviews
Ethnographies
Texts
The Internet
Audio Data
Visual Data
Mixed Methods
Concluding Remarks
What Counts as 'Originality'?
Introduction
Originality
Being a Professional
Independent Critical Thought
Concluding Remarks
Starting Out
Formulating a Research Question
Introduction
Challenges
Solutions
Some Cautions
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?
Mixed Methods?
Concluding Remarks
How Many Cases Do You Need?
Introduction
What is a Case Study?
The Quantitative Model of Generalization
The Rationale of Case Study Design
Case Study Research in Practice
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 Unfolding Ethical Demands
Writing a Research Proposal
Introduction
Aim for Crystal Clarity
Plan Before You Write
Be Persuasive
Be Practical
Make Broader Links
A Caution: Misunderstanding Qualitative Research?
Concluding Remarks
Collecting and Analysing Your Data
Collecting Your Data
Collecting Interview Data
Collecting Focus Group Data
Collecting Ethnographic Data
Collecting Internet 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 Clive Seale
Introduction
What CAQDAS Software Can Do for You
Advantages of 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
Effective Qualitative Research
Introduction
Keep It Simple
Do Not Assume that We are Only Concerned with Subjective Experience
Take Advantage of Using Qualitative Data
Avoid Drowning in Data
Avoid Journalism
Concluding Remarks
Writing Up
The First Few Pages
Introduction
The Title
The Abstract
Keywords
The Table 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 Concluding Chapter
Introduction
The Concluding Chapter as Mutual Stimulation
What Exactly Should Your Concluding Chapter Contain?
Confessions and Trumpets
Theorizing as Thinking Through Data
Writing for Audiences
Why Your Concluding 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
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
Appendix: Transcription Symbols
Glossary
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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