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Collecting Qualitative Data

Collecting Qualitative Data
A Field Manual for Applied Research

June 2012 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a practical and step-by-step guide to collecting and and managing qualitative data, this book focuses on the three most often used forms of qualitative methods: participant observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. Designed to be very applied, this textbook includes many checklists and tips for how to use each technique while doing research. It also includes numerous real-life examples and cases so that the reader will benefit from seeing the broader picture. Collecting Qualitative Data: A Field Manual is intended both for beginning researchers and the more experienced research collector.
Chapter 1. Qualitative Research: Defining and Designing
Chapter 2. Sampling
Chapter 3. Participant Observation
Chapter 4. In-Depth Interviews
Chapter 5. Focus Groups
Chapter 6. Additional Qualitative Data Collection Methods
Chapter 7. Qualitative Data Management
Chapter 8. Ethical Dimensions of Qualitative Research

“The real strength of the text is the hands on approach: How to actually do field research rather than just thinking about it. The examples are wonderful. The text is written in a very accessible way for students. It is not filled with jargon. I also like the attention to focus groups as a research method separate from individual interviews. The attention in each chapter to conducting qualitative research in international settings is unique and a real strength of this text.”

Laura S. Abrams
University of Calfornia, Los Angeles

Too Narrow a topic for an introductory counseling research class. Does not include program evaluation as required by state licensing boards.

Dr Ed Decker
Religion Dept, Oral Roberts University
February 17, 2014

I am an Academic Quality Reviewer of dissertations and I use this book and recommend it to other reviewers. I also cite it in the research courses I teach.

Dr Patricia Durso
College of Doctoral studies, Grand Canyon University
December 5, 2013

A very thorough introduction to core qualitative methods for the professions.

Dr Robert Silverman
Urban Regional Planning Dept, University at Buffalo
November 5, 2013

Great guidelines

Mrs Cynthia Knittle
Health Sciences, University of Phoenix - Phoenix
August 7, 2013

Great text. Fantastic format. We used this in the Fall and can't wait to adopt it for our Master's theses students in the Spring!

Professor Tracie Glazer
Art Education - Research Methods, Nazareth College of Rochester
December 4, 2012

Use for dissertation support and as a "field manual" to assist students in understanding the processes of conducting applied research

Dr Sharon Wyatt
Nursing , University of Mississippi Medical Center
November 1, 2012

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Gregory Stephen Guest

Greg Guest received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Georgia.  Over the past 15 years, he has designed and managed public health research studies in more than 15 countries.  Greg is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation in the Economic Development and Livelihoods department at FHI 360.  In this capacity he oversees multisite, mixed methods, research and evaluation activities across multiple fields of public health.  Guest's other books include two edited volumes—Globalization, Health and the Environment: An Integrated Perspective (AltaMira, 2005) and Handbook for Team- Based Qualitative... More About Author

Emily Elizabeth Namey

Emily E. Namey, MA, has over 10 years’ experience applying her skills in project management and knowledge of research methods to the design, implementation, conduct, monitoring, and dissemination of public health research. Emily recently  rejoined FHI 360, where she manages domestic and international qualitative and mixed methods projects related to health disparities and HIV prevention. Prior to her work at FHI 360, she spent over 5 years at Duke University, splitting time among the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Trent Center for Bioethics. At Duke, Emily implemented... More About Author

Marilyn Lee Mitchell

Marilyn L. Mitchell is a cultural anthropologist with extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research design, interviewing techniques, cultural analysis, survey development, sampling, and forecasting. She works as an independent researcher and as an associate of Gray Insight, for clients that have included dozens of Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and nearly 100 other countries. She has lectured on social science research and related topics at University of California, Los Angeles , University of Southern California, San Francisco State... More About Author

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