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Handling Qualitative Data
A Practical Guide

Fourth Edition


December 2020 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Viewing data as the heart of qualitative research, this book offers clear guidance on the steps involved in collecting and managing primary and secondary data while equipping students with a toolkit that they can apply to data in any context. This new edition is reinforced by a range of updates:

  • Ethical practice learning features, such as exercises and reflective questions
  • Thoughtful guidance on the newer challenges in handling qualitative data, like data security and access to online data
  • New chapters provide clear advice on communicating data to different audiences, and creating impactful data visualizations
  • Online resources that illustrate how to work with data in real research projects; including a ‘stepping into software’ space that provides practical tips and guidance on using qualitative analysis software effectively

In its positive and jargon-free style, it discusses how setting up, working with, making sense of and presenting data can be a springboard into learning key research skills and reflecting on methodological issues.

 
Part 1 Setting up
 
Chapter 1 Setting up your project
 
Chapter 2 Qualitative data
 
Chapter 3 Data records
 
Part 11 Working with the data
 
Chapter 4 Up from the data
 
Chapter 5 Coding
 
Chapter 6 Handling Ideas
 
Part III Making sense of your data
 
Chapter 7 What are you aiming for?
 
Chapter 8 Searching the data
 
Chapter 9 Seeing a whole
 
Part IV Telling it
 
Chapter 10 Getting it together
 
Chapter 11 Writing the project report
 
Chapter 12 Telling it

 

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Lyn Richards

About the authorLyn Richards has a highly unusual range of relationships with qualitative research. After undergraduate training as a historian and political scientist, she moved to sociology. Her early work as a family sociologist addressed both popular and academic audiences, with a strong motivation always to make the funded research relevant to the people studied, and the qualitative analysis credible to those affected. Each of her four books in family sociology was a text at university level but also widely discussed in popular media and at community level. During her tenure as Reader and Associate Professor at La Trobe University in... More About Author

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