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Doing Focus Groups

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
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

A concise manual introducing focus groups. This was an essential read for beginner researchers embarking on a project involving focus group data collection methods.

Mrs Michelle Grainger
Sheffield Centre, LifeSkills
November 20, 2013

I found this book useful for students undertaking qualitative projects involving focus groups, particularly good chapter on uses and abuses of focus groups.

Dr Sheena Mc Hugh
Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork (NUI)
November 4, 2013

I appreciate the concise and specific focus of this book, and the qualitative research series it is part of. This book is user friendly and practical and so I think that the students will respond well to it. Due to the concise focus of each book on various aspects of qualitative research, the books are more affordable, applicable and relevant for coursework masters and honours students specifically. This book speaks directly to my students in terms of what they need to know and by providing practical guidelines for how to progress with their qualitative research.
There is most definitely a need for options such as these shorter and content-specific books for honours and coursework masters students as they are focusing on more specific approaches to research. It is also valuable for students who have limited financial budgets and who also find the broader and more extensive research manuals to be confusing and largely inapplicable for their research needs.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
October 21, 2013

A useful book.

Mrs Jane Hibberd
Allied Health Professions, University of East Anglia
August 9, 2013

Useful informtion and practical for for anyone who would like to use focus group especially for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Ms Jane Buncuan
Nursing, University Malaysia Sarawak - UNIMAS
December 15, 2012

Will use this publication with post-graduate students as I find it offers a guide to focus groups, including the processes, practicalities, ethics and data collation. I would also recommend to colleagues who are undertaking research and want to explore focus groups as a primary data collection tool.

Mrs Karen Southern
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
October 5, 2012

This book offers an excellent overview of focus group research. The illustartions make the book very accessible and bridge the gap between research theory and practice.

Dr Chris Jones
School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
July 18, 2012

I will recommend this book at supplemental reading for my student writing BA projects and MA theses.

Miss Matilde Jensen
ISEK, Aarhus School of Business
July 2, 2012

An excellent book which is easy to read and follow. There are some useful chapters which highlight key points and suggested further reading. This book is recommended for anybody conducting qualitative research at any level and I will be recommending it to all of my students.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education Department, Blackburn College
June 25, 2012

This is a good book for extra reading. Thus, I have suggested to the librarian to purchase it.

Dr Norhayati Zakaria
Faculty of Business and Management, University of Wollongong in Dubai
December 28, 2011

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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