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Advanced Qualitative Research

Advanced Qualitative Research
A Guide to Using Theory

May 2015 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This distinctive, nuanced book addresses the more complex theoretical issues embedded in the qualitative research paradigm. Adopting a reflective stance that emphasises the role of the researcher it carefully avoids a standardised ‘tick box’ approach to methods.

Throughout each chapter, theory is powerfully and persuasively interwoven as its impact on practical topics such as data management and safety in the field is discussed. O'Reilly and Kiyimba bring an authority and clarity to the debate, taking us beyond the mechanical notions of qualitative methods and standardised approaches to research. Instead, they focus on subjects like methodological integrity, perspective driven data collection and theoretically-led analysis.

This will be an important resource for anyone looking to practically engage with advanced qualitative research methods.

Chapter 1: Theoretical Issues in the Qualitative Paradigm
Chapter 2: Issues of Quality
Chapter 3: Research Ethics and Researcher Safety
Chapter 4: Perspective Driven Data Collection
Chapter 5: Research Design and Mixing Qualitative Methods
Chapter 6: Recording and Transcription
Chapter 7: Primary and Secondary Data Analysis
Chapter 8: Dissemination Practice in Qualitative Research
Chapter 9: Applying Qualitative Research in Practice

Will be recommended for master thesis students.

Dr Dick Heinhuis
Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam
December 2, 2015

Clear and accessible information with valuable examples and case studies.

Miss Jane Jervis
Faculty of Health, Keele University
February 17, 2016

This book covers important aspects related to qualitative research such as theory, ethics, quality and dissemination which are core aspects of the course which I present to students. Not only does the book cover the essential foundational issues related to qualitative research, but it addresses more complex issues such as scientific paradigms and research design. The book is easy to read, yet challenging enough to encourage the reader to engage critically with qualitative research.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology, Cornerstone Institute
February 17, 2016

I was so pleased with this book its has been so helpful for our learners . This is a comprehensive guide to using theory for students undertaking qualitative research . This is a must read for learners who need clear understanding of qualitative methods before undertaking research.

Ms Jayne Barnett
Care & Continuing Education Department, Ystrad Mynach College
October 6, 2015

Here is a book that I know our doctoral students have been waiting for. As with most endeavours, embarking on postgraduate research often leaves people feeling very inadequate to the task, perhaps most of all in relation to recognising and employing the (most) appropriate methodology and method. Maybe a mix of methodologies or methods is preferable? This book will walk students – and potential students – through the issues involved. It is a confidence builder, and as such, invaluable. The presentations of the key concepts, approaches, design frameworks and practical matters such as recording and transcription are clear and unambiguous, very well supported by tables and figures. Particularly useful is the closing of each chapter with a case study, focused on the topic of the chapter, and asking a question of the reader in relation to a matter of qualitative research. There are then suggested answers to these questions in the final chapter of the book. We have programmes for both a standard Phd and a Professional Doctorate at our College, and this book is now on the recommended list for both sets of students.

Dr Walter Riggans
Cliff College, Cliff College
September 10, 2015

This book had a lot going for it, but I wondered if it was actually an 'advanced' qualitative methods textbook. I suspect it is 'advanced' because a lot of introductory qualitative research teaching focuses completely on interviewing skills. This is a book that is written in an accessible and straightforward way to introduce students to the 'deep thinking' behind qualitative research. It would be a good companion to an analysis-focused or skills-focused text. I hope that in a subsequent edition, the first chapter can be reorganised for clarity, as I did not find it to be especially logical in its flow, but this is fairly minor.

Dr G.J. Melendez-Torres
Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
September 9, 2015

Suggested for students wanting to look into conducting qualitative research

Miss Kathryn Bould
Dental Institute, King's College London
July 2, 2015

This book will be recommended but need to become evaluated by the students over some time.
I will recommend it when students work with their thesis.

Dr Monne Wihlborg
Health Science centre, Lund University
June 22, 2015

The book covers key areas in order to conduct a solid qualitative research. Chapters are easy to grasp and full of practical advice. As the book is covering advanced research techniques I would see it more suitable for postgraduate students. However, undergraduate students would definitely benefit from this book when carrying their thesis research

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
June 22, 2015

Good material for the advanced reader

Mr Joe Fitzgerald
School of Business, Institute of Business & Technology
October 16, 2015

Michelle O'Reilly

Michelle O’Reilly (BSc [hons], MSc, MA, PhD, PGCAPHE) is an Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health at the University of Leicester and a Research Consultant for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Michelle is also a Chartered Psychologist in Health. Michelle has specific interest in child and adolescent mental health and has been investigating the relationship between mental health and social media as part of that work. Michelle has made several media contributions about the research with adolescents, educationalists, and parents, as funded by the Wellcome Trust. Additional to her research interests in mental health and... More About Author

Dr. Nikki Kiyimba

Dr Nikki Kiyimba is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Msc in Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma at Chester University UK, and also works as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust. Clinically, Nikki works with a range of clients presenting with severe and enduring psychological difficulties. Nikki’s research interests are mainly in the areas of qualitative methods and therapeutic approaches. She is also interested in the impact of trauma and vicarious trauma. Grounded in a social constructionist epistemological perspective, she has a particular interest in qualitative research... More About Author

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