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Doing Focus Groups



168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Focus groups are an ever popular method for collecting qualitative data in the social sciences. Doing Focus Groups provides practical advice on planning and organizing successful groups. Rose Barbour discusses the advantages and limitations of using group discussion and demonstrates effective methods for collecting and analysing data.
 
Introducing Focus Groups
 
Uses and Abuses of Focus Groups
 
Underpinnings of Focus Group Research
 
Research Design
 
Sampling
 
Practicalities of Planning and Running Focus Groups
 
Ethics and Engagement
 
Generating Data
 
Starting to Make Sense of Focus Group Data
 
Analytical Challenges in Focus Group Research
 
Realizing the Full Potential of Focus Groups

An in-depth guide to conducting focus groups which is presented in user-friendly language for researchers new to focus groups.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
July 6, 2016

A useful text for students wanting to use focus groups for the first time.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood and Youth, University of Chichester
June 17, 2016

A fantastic book that provides insight into the nuances of focus group research.

Mrs Alison Dawn Milner
Teacher Training, South Devon College
May 23, 2016

I have not received this book.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood and Youth, University of Chichester
November 12, 2015

Book is well structured and easily interpreted. Must have for Focus Group work.

Miss Anita Finnegan
Department of Computing, Dundalk Institute of Technology
August 27, 2015

This book is a good supplementary book for those undergraduate students who decided to chose focus group for their research method.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Deapartment of Childcare, Social Work and Social Care, University of Chichester
February 5, 2015

I have recommended this book to my students who are planning to do focus groups for their internships

Mrs Christel Van Gool
Dept of Epidemiology, Maastricht University
January 5, 2015

A good resource for the novice researcher

Mark Wheatley
Nursing and Midwifery, University of Teesside
June 20, 2014

I think this is a must have go to book for focus group interviews. I turned up to a research methods sessions, with this book in hand, and had students fighting over it.

Dr Chris Morriss-Roberts
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
February 14, 2014

This will be a very useful resource for postgraduates who are unfamiliar with the process of conducting focus groups in their qualitative research.

Dr Helen Richards
Psychology, University of Southampton
December 19, 2013

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Rosaline Barbour

Rosaline (Rose) S. Barbour is an Emerita Professor at the Open University, UK. A medical medial sociologist by discipline, she has carried out research on a variety of topics including reproductive/maternal health, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and cancer. Significantly, all of these projects are located at the intersection of the social and the clinical, thus affording a vantage point for developing and interrogating disciplinary and theoretical frameworks. Rose has published widely on qualitative research, particularly in relation to focus groups and the issue of rigour. Her most recent publications include Introducing Qualitative Research A... More About Author

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