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Managing Quality in Qualitative Research

Managing Quality in Qualitative Research

First Edition
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany

March 2008 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The issue of quality in qualitative research is one that is often neglected. In Managing Quality in Qualitative Research attention is given to the fundamental question of how to define and assess the quality of research. Uwe Flick examines how to distinguish good research from bad research when it comes to teaching, planning, evaluating and publishing qualitative research.
How to Manage, Address and Assess the Quality of Qualitative Research
Standards, Criteria, Checklists and Guidelines
Strategies of Managing Diversity
Concepts of Triangulation
Methodological Triangulation in Qualitative Research
Triangulation in Ethnography
Triangulation of Qualitative and Quantitative Research
How to Use Triangulation for Managing Quality
Practical Issues

Quality, Creativity, and Ethics
Different Ways to Ask the Question

Managing Quality in Qualitative Research
A Focus on Process and Transparency


'This book offers an overview of how quality can be infused into the process, thereby enhancing the value of the results. Both professional technical communicators and academics will benefit from this book' - Technical Communication

As with Flick's other publications and those in the Sage Qualitative Research Kit series this is an excellent text, Ideal for UG and PG students. It's accessible, detailed and provides clear guidance for the pragmatic as well as philosophical issues of quality

Ms Vicky du-Caine
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 10, 2015

As with other books in the Sage Qualitative Research Kit series (such as Gibb's Analayzing Qual Data and Kvale's Doing Interviews) this really is an essential text for students at dissertation and PG level. It thoroughly examine sand explains issues, practicalities, pitfalls, criteria and strategies for managing qual research quality. This is not a book about university 'quality assurance', but about research quality. Written in a very accessible and student-friendly way it clearly explains, encourages reflection and offers ways forward for the researcher. Thoroughly recommended.

Mr Andrew G Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 5, 2015

An excellent book for students and researchers at all stages, interested in issues to do with qualitative research. Good use of data throughout and clear progression through the book from topic to topic makes it ideal to dip in and out of into relevant chapters.

Mrs Clare Cunningham
English Language and Linguistics, York St John University College
June 23, 2014

This is a useful text for both undergraduates and postgraduate students undertaking taught research modules. It would be useful that the text is utilised alongside some of the publications by the same author.

Mr Patrick Muigai
Schl of Tourism, University of West London
January 9, 2014

It's on the recommended reading list for students who want to do Qualitative research in their Master Thesis.

Dr Birgit Burboeck
International Business, Fh Joanneum
December 12, 2013

A useful book which was informative and interesting. Probably better suited for our dissertation research unit, rather than the general research module.

Ms Jill Davey
Health & Social Care, Bournemouth Univesity
June 10, 2013

I have adopted this book as a recommended reading for my coursework Masters Students from 2014 onwards (I will recommend it for my current 2013 students). I will also be using it as a required reading for all my full Masters and PhD students, as well as ordering 2 copies for each of the 2 libraries on each of the campuses where our degree programmes run. I have also given samples to the other lecturers in our department who teach research methodology courses at both the undergrad and postgrad levels.
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; especially 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
May 20, 2013

Quite challenging and best used by students working with more complex research approaches

Ms Jill Wallis
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
August 28, 2012

The book is well-structured and gives a comprehensive overview of the issues of research quality and triangulation. For a German-speaking audience, it is beneficial that some references are derived from interesting German sources, as well as from international ones.
The sections dealing with triangulation provide some good examples of its use. As such examples and the elaboration of the concepts are seldom found like that in other books on this topic, it makes working with the book worthwhile.

Ms Katrin Unterweger
Ergotherapie, FH Krems - University of Applied Sciences
March 26, 2012

Uwe Flick

Uwe Flick is Professor of Qualitative Research in Social Science and Education at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is a trained psychologist and sociologist and received his PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin in 1988 and his Habilitation from the Technical University Berlin in 1994. He has been Professor of Qualitative Research at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and at the University of Vienna, Austria. Previously, he was Adjunct Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada; a Lecturer in research methodology at the Free University of Berlin; a Reader and Assistant... More About Author

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