Successful Qualitative Research A Practical Guide for Beginners

ISBN-10: 1847875823
ISBN-13: 9781847875822
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Sidestepping detailed theoretical debates and focusing on the core commonalities, this text provides students with a toolkit of methods, explains why and when each method is used, and demonstrates how they are used. For clarity and consistence, the authors use the same dataset - reproduced in full - to apply the different processes and outcomes of the analytical methods they cover. Additional data-sets and audio interviews to support the textbook are available online.

nbsp;Victoria Clarke is an Associate Professor in Sexuality Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her researchnbsp;has focused on lesbian and gay parenting, same-sex and heterosexual relationships, sexual practices, sexualities and appearance, sexualities and higher education, and qualitative research methods. She has conducted ESRC and British Academy funded research on same-sex relationships and civil partnership. Her books include Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives (Wiley) with Elizabeth Peel, and LGBTQ Psychology: An introduction (Cambridge University Press), with Sonja Ellis, Elizabeth Peel and Damien Riggs. She has developed a theoretically flexible approach to thematic analysis with Virginia Braun. Her current research interests include visible differences/disfigurements and the story completion method.

Acknowledgements
About the authors
Successfully getting started in qualitative research
Some very important starting information
What is qualitative research?
Qualitative research as a paradigm
The emergence of a qualitative research paradigm (in psychology)
What do I need to become a good qualitative researcher?
Why we love qualitative research
Our approach in this book
Chapter summary
Further resources
Ten fundamentals of qualitative research
Qualitative research is about meaning, not numbers
Qualitative research doesn't provide a single answer
Qualitative research treats context as important
Qualitative research can be experiential or critical
Qualitative research is underpinned by ontological assumptions
Qualitative research is underpinned by epistemological assumptions
Qualitative research involves a qualitative methodology
Qualitative research uses all sorts of data
Qualitative research involves 'thinking qualitatively'
Qualitative research values subjectivity and reflexivity
Knowing what you now know, is qualitative research right for your project?
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Planning and designing qualitative research
The research topic and research questions
Issues of data sampling
Recruiting participants
Being an ethical qualitative researcher
Timetabling your research
Research design: the proposal
Documenting your research process
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Successfully collecting qualitative data
Interactive data collection 1: interviews
What are qualitative interviews?
When and why would 1 use interviews?
Designing and piloting the interview guide
Issues to think about in relation to participants
Preparing for the face-to-face interview
Conducting the face-to-face interview
Preparing for and conducting the virtual interview
What to do when interviews go badly
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Interactive data collection 2: focus groups
What are focus groups?
Introducing our focus group data
When and why would use focus groups?
Issues to think about in relation to participants
Ethical issues in focus group research
Preparing for focus groups
Conducting focus groups
What to do when focus groups go badly
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Textual data collection: surveys, stories, diaries and secondary sources
Collecting participant-generated textual data
Qualitative surveys
Story-completion tasks
Researcher-directed diaries
Collecting pre-existing textual data
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Successfully analysing qualitative data
Preparing audio data for analysis: transcription
Orthographic transcription and the messiness of language use
Understanding what a transcript is, and what it is not
What makes a (quality) transcript?
Producing the transcript
Giving yourself enough time to transcribe
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Moving towards analysis
The scope of qualitative analysis
Introducing qualitative analytic methods suitable for beginners
A flexible foundational method: thematic analysis
An experiential and interpretative approach: interpretative phenomenological analysis
An inductive yet theorised approach: grounded theory
An approach for looking at what language does: discourse analysis
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
First analytic steps: familiarisation and data coding
Data collection and data analysis: separate stages?
Reading and familiarisation: essential beginnings
What is coding?
Doing complete coding
Doing selective coding in pattern-based discourse analysis
What role do computer programs have in qualitative coding and analysis?
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Identifying patterns across data
Searching for patterns: from codes to candidate themes
Reviewing and revising candidate themes
Other ways of identifying patterns across data
Can and should I go beyond looking for patterns?
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Analysing and interpreting patterns across data
The relationship between analysis and writing in qualitative research
Defining themes
Developing the analysis
Analysing patterns across data using other approaches
Doing pattern-based analysis well
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Successfully completing qualitative research
Quality criteria and techniques for qualitative research
What makes a good piece of qualitative research?
Can we apply quantitative quality criteria to qualitative research?
Quality criteria and techniques suitable for qualitative research
Checklist criteria for qualitative research
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Writing and communicating qualitative research
It's all about the edit!
Writing a research report
Reviewing the literature for qualitative research reports
Presenting your research
What about publishing?
Chapter summary
Questions for discussion and classroom exercises
Further resources
Glossary
References
Index

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