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Analysis in Qualitative Research



October 2009 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Analysis in Qualitative Research helps readers prepare and successfully finish qualitative data analysis. It sets out an easy to grasp model—the spiral of analysis—that shows how to break up the data with coding and how to subsequently integrate the data to yield a meaningful picture of the phenomenon under study. It offers useful devices to guide the reader through the last difficult integrating phase of qualitative analysis including diagramming, memoing, thinking aloud, and using one's feelings.

The book incorporates the support of software for qualitative data analysis. The analysis is placed in the context of modern quality criteria and the demands posed on the reporting. The book cannot take the place of the process of thinking about the data, but it does provide thinking aids and practical tools to process the data, which can result in interesting findings.

The book is written on an introductory level and is aimed at third year undergraduate students, graduate students, and anybody beginning a research project. The examples cover a wide range of subjects what makes the book attractive for several social science disciplines. It strives to help researchers start and finish the analysis, and to inspire and enthuse them with their projects.
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
 
Learning Aims
 
Preparatory Thoughts
 
Considering Quantitative or Qualitative Research
 
Diversity in Qualitative Research
 
Defining and Delineating Qualitative Research in This Book
 
Overview of the Qualitative Research Process
 
Redaings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 1
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH DESIGN
 
Learning Aims
 
Planning a Research Project
 
Literature Review
 
Research Question and Purpose
 
Legitimizing the Choice for Qualitative Research
 
Sampling, Recruitment and Access
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: step 2
 
PART THREE: ETHICS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
 
Learning aims
 
Ethics in Social Research
 
Sensitive Topics
 
Balancing Risk and Benefits for Participants
 
Researcher's Stress
 
Ethical Issues in Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Other Resources
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 3
 
PART FOUR: DATA COLLECTION
 
Learning Aims
 
Data
 
Qualitative Data Collection
 
Instruments Used
 
Writing Memos
 
Preparing Data for Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 4
 
PART FIVE: PRINCIPLES OF QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
 
Learning Aims
 
What is Analysis?
 
Segmenting Data
 
Reassembling Data
 
Three Starting Points
 
A Stepwise Approach: The Spiral of Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 5
 
PART SIX: DOING QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
 
Learning Aims
 
Introduction to Coding
 
Open Coding
 
Axial Coding
 
Selective Coding
 
Reflections on Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 6
 
PART SEVEN: INTEGRATIVE PROCEDURES
 
Learning Aims
 
Heuristics for Discovery
 
Think Aloud Analysis
 
Special Devices: Focus Groups and Visuals
 
Using the Computer in Analysis
 
Reflections on Computer-assisted Data Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 7
 
PART EIGHT: FINDINGS
 
Learning Aims
 
Results of Qualitative Research
 
Meta-syntheses of Qualitative Studies
 
Muddling Qualitative Methods
 
Mixed Methods Research
 
Practical Use
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 8
 
PART NINE: QUALITY OF THE RESEARCH
 
Learning Aims
 
Thinking About Quality
 
'Doing' Quality
 
Checklists for Asserting Quality of the Analysis
 
External Validity or Generalizability
 
Quality Challenges
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 9
 
PART TEN: WRITING THE RESEARCH REPORT
 
Learning Aims
 
Writing: The Last Part of the Analysis
 
The Researcher as Writer
 
The Position of Participants
 
Structure of the Final Report
 
Publishing
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 10

Analysis is often overlooked in reserach in adult and community education. This text provides a really useful guide

Dr Brid Connolly
Department of adult and community education , National University
September 12, 2011

Very useful for our Media Honours students. Again the financial constraints of South African students limits them in buying all the books. So we buy for the Library rather than for individual students.

Mrs Desiray Viney
Media & Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu -Natal
September 8, 2011

This is a good book which provides concise explanation of the analysis strategies for qualitative research. I put it down in the list of additional literature for the module.

Dr Maria Adamson
Essex Business School, Essex University
August 25, 2011

A very useful text book that is extremely clear to follow and provides helpful examples to the reader. It is one of the best text books I have seen on Qualitative Research. Hennie Boeije's books gives step-by-step instructions on how to unravel the 'mysteries' of qualitative data analysis. I will not hesitate to recommend it to my students.

Ms Anna Borg
Centre for Labour Studies, University of Malta
August 16, 2011

I gave this to some students working on M.Sc. and Ph.D. level research projects. For the M.Sc. level they found it was easy to find the material they were looking for. I would have like to have seen a more elaborated section (maybe some more examples) on creating conceptual models/theory building.

Professor Michel Chaudron
Department of Computer Science, Leiden University
July 29, 2011

A useful introduction to the qualitative research process for undergraduate and postgraduate students who need an overview of this topic area. The use of learniong objectives at the beginning of each chapter is helpful and aids the reader in identifying learning needs.

Ms Anne Johnson
Allied Health Professions, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 11, 2011

An excellent additional resource for my students

Mr Sean Flanagan
Computing, Runshaw College
April 27, 2011

The book gives a good outline about QL data analysis. Shorter than some clasical texts in the field yet comprehensive.

Dr Rita Kasa
Business Management, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
April 15, 2011

A well-drafted book. although not alltogether convincing. As this is about a very basic level of social science education, I would prefer something more profound and encompassing.

Professor Joerg Struebing
Sociology , University of Tübingen
April 12, 2011

Although this book covers many of the relevant areas for qualitative data analysis and is very informative, there could be a few more practical examples for students in order to better illustrate the techniques under consideration.

Dr Jon Pemberton
Management , Edinburgh Napier University
February 16, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two


Hennie R Boeije