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Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project

Second Edition
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November 2023 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Embarking on your own psychology research? This book equips you with the skills you need to complete a qualitative project confidently.

The book takes you through the process of doing your project, showing how to plan and execute each stage. It helps you make good decisions about key steps such as choosing a research topic, designing your project, doing ethical research and writing up.

This second edition:

  • Offers a host of learning features including ‘in a nutshell’ summaries, further reading, activities and top tips to help you develop your understanding and skills.
  • Devotes more space to the important topics of project planning and doing ethical research with a new chapter on each.
  • Enables you to critically evaluate your work, helping you conduct high-quality research.
  • Discusses student success stories and cautionary tales illustrating, from start to finish, how qualitative projects are done in the real world.

This is the perfect guide for undergraduates doing a final project or dissertation, and postgraduates who are relatively new to qualitative research.

Cath Sullivan, Stephen Gibson and Sarah Riley
Chapter 1: Getting started
Sarah Riley and Kathy Kinmond
Chapter 2: Coming up with a research question
Cath Sullivan and Sarah Riley
Chapter 3: Planning your project
Cath Sullivan and Sarah Riley
Chapter 4: Doing ethical research
Sarah Riley and Nigel King
Chapter 5: Managing your project
Jo Bryce and Michael Forrester
Chapter 6: Doing a literature review
Stephen Gibson and Siobhan Hugh-Jones
Chapter 7: Collecting your data
Stephen Gibson and Siobhan Hugh-Jones
Chapter 8: Analysing your data
Cath Sullivan, Nollaig Frost and Kathryn Kinmond
Chapter 9: Achieving quality in your project
Sarah Riley
Chapter 10: Writing up a qualitative project
Cath Sullivan, Stephen Gibson and Sarah Riley
Chapter 11: Conclusion

Very accessible book for students

Dr Andrew Martin Bengry
Department of Psychology, Bath Spa University
April 15, 2024

Cath Sullivan

Cath Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the University of Central Lancashire. Cath has been an actively involved in initiatives to support the teaching of qualitative research methods in psychology since 2005 and is a former Chair of the Higher Education Academy ‘Teaching Qualitative Psychology’ Special Interest Group. In addition to this work supporting and training psychology lecturers who teach qualitative methods, Cath has over 10 years’ experience of teaching qualitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her published articles and book chapters include empirical qualitative papers and pieces about... More About Author

Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson is Bicentennial Chair in Research Methods and Director of Doctoral Programmes in the School of Social Sciences, Heriot Watt University. He is a social psychologist with research interests in obedience and social influence, identity and citizenship, and representations of peace and conflict. 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 volume Representations of Peace and Conflict (Palgrave, 2012). More About Author

Sarah Riley

Sarah Riley is a Professor in Critical Health Psychology at Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her award-winning, interdisciplinary research focuses on relationships between discourse, affect, technology, and materiality. Recent co-authored books include Technologies of Sexiness (OUP USA, 2014), Postfeminism and Health (Routledge, 2019), Postfeminism and Body Image (Routledge, 2022); and Digital Feeling (Palgrave, 2023); she chaired the British Psychology Society’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology section (2017-19), and teaches qualitative research methods. More About Author

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