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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

Would recommend this book to students considering focus groups as a research method. Good introduction to the background of the method, practical advice and references.

Dr Sharon Hall
Working with Children, Young People & Families, Newman University College
April 4, 2011

Comprehensive overview of the most valid qualitative research method - focus group.
Essential reference for academicians, researchers and students.

Ms Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim
Communication, Islamic Science University Malaysia
March 29, 2011

A must textbook for qualitative research methods both at undergraduate and postgraduate students

Dr Krishna Regmi
School of Health & Bioscience, University of East London
March 18, 2011

A welll written book on focus groups, comprising both an essentialistic, constructuvist and "virtual" approach to focus groups research. A recommended choice for first time focus group researchers.

Dr Tobba Sudmann
Social Education and Social Work, Bergen University College
March 13, 2011

This book provides important reference tools for the development and focus groups in the field of qualitative research in health and nursing.

Professor Marcelo Medeiros
Nursing College (Faculdade de Enfermagem-UFG), Universidade Federal de Goias
December 20, 2010

Lots of good advice for novice fieldworkers using this method in research.

Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray
Religious & Theological Studies, Cardiff University
April 6, 2010

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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