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Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project
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Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project

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March 2012 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book is for students who are about to embark on a qualitative research project as part of their psychology degree. While there are a number of books on qualitative psychological research, this book is unique as it leads you step-by-step through the process of doing your project and writing your dissertation. The focus throughout is on how to make your project excellent!

The book focuses on the steps involved in completing a qualitative dissertation and on the decisions that you'll need to make as you go along. The book will lead you through:

  • Designing your project
  • Ethical considerations
  • Collecting your data
  • Analyzing your data
  • Writing your dissertation

In addition, the book will help you with time management working with your supervisor, as well as provide guidance on how you can use your projects as the basis for publication or further study.

Cath Sullivan, Stephen Gibson and Sarah Riley
Introduction and Aims of the Book
Kathryn Kinmond
Coming up with a Research Question
Cath Sullivan and Sarah C.E Riley
Planning and Ethics
Sarah C.E Riley and Nigel King
Managing the Project
Michael Forrester
Doing a Literature Review
Siobhan Hugh-Jones and Stephen Gibson
Collecting Your Data
Stephen Gibson and Siobhan Hugh-Jones
Analysing Your Data
Nollaig Frost and Kathryn Kinmond
Evaluating Qualitative Research
Sarah C.E Riley
Writing up a Qualitative Project
Cath Sullivan
What Next?
Stephen Gibson, Cath Sullivan and Sarah C.E Riley
Overview and Conclusions: Be a Scholar

A very useful text. Clear and comprehensive. This is much needed. There are many other texts on research methods, but few on conducting and writing up student projects using qualitative methods.

Helen Gregory
Psychology (Francis Close Hall), Gloucestershire University
September 19, 2013

A good introductory text, especially for those new to qualitative methods. The text and arrangement of material is very clear. The broad-based approach helps students to decide on the most appropriate approach to their research question. Overall, a really nice book!

Dr Sunjeev Kamboj
Research Department of Clinical, Eductional and Health Psychology, University College London
September 14, 2013

I felt that whilst the content is helpful, it perhaps does not meet our postgrad students' needs as well as a number of other more comprehensive - and so often longer - texts.

However, I do agree that it is likely to be a good source of guidance early on in the qualitiative journey.

Dr Richard Parker
Education, communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University
August 30, 2013

Useful for all students, but particularly those using qualitative research methods for their final year dissertation

Dr Julia Robertson
Deptartment of Psychology, Bucks New University
August 5, 2013

Clearly structured and compactly written. Perfect also for novices.

Ms Elizabeth San Miguel
Business Administration , HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Scie
April 23, 2013

This is a clearly written well structured book that can guide students on the research journey. Specifically I found the chapters that develop critical thinking in the student with regard to their own work and the work of others very helpful as a starting point.

Ms Jo Cruywagen
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
February 13, 2013

This is a very good book that can be used by undergraduates and postgraduates. It's written in an accessible and clear way. The chapter on evaluating qualitative research is particularly useful.

Ms Jenna Condie
Psychology , Salford University
November 21, 2012

Very useful book and I recommend it highly to our students. I cannot insist on adoption as we have an e-book deal with another publisher which provides all our students with texts, one of which is on qualitative methods in psychology.

This book covers all the essential detail and is presented very well with the range of boxed material. It is also very clearly written and would cater for a range of levels.

Dr Timothy Auburn
School of Psychology, Plymouth University
October 4, 2012

A very useful text for undergraduates and MSc students which leads the student through each stage of the process of completing a qualitative research project

Dr Deborah Chinn
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London
August 22, 2012

Extremely useful for my dissertation students, though this isn't attached to a particular class. I do recommend it, however, to any students who are doing a dissertation using qualitative methods.

Dr Sally Wiggins
Department of Psychology, Strathclyde University
August 17, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two


Cath Sullivan

Dr Cath Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Psychology and her research interests mainly relate to the social psychology of gender, discourse and social constructionism. Cath has over 10 years’ experience of teaching qualitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and since 2005 has been an active member of the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network working group on Teaching Qualitative Research Methods at Undergraduate Level (TQRMUL). Her published articles and book chapters include empirical qualitative papers and pieces about qualitative methodology. More About Author

Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University. He is a social psychologist with research interests in areas such as peace and conflict, citizenship and national identity, and dis/obedience. In addition, he has been involved in numerous projects concerning the teaching of qualitative research methods. Between 2008 and 2011 he was chair of the TQRMUL group, and is co-editor (with Simon Mollan) of the forthcoming volume Representations of Peace and Conflict (Palgrave, 2012). More About Author

Sarah C.E. Riley

Sarah Riley is a Professor in Critical Health Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand, and lead of its Health Psychology Masters programme. Her research examines discourse, affect and materiality in relation to subjectivity, gender, digital technologies, bodies and neoliberalism. More About Author

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