A Practical Guide
- Jane Mills - James Cook University, Australia
- Melanie Birks - James Cook University, Australia
Qualitative Research | Sociological Research Methods
Expert researchers then trace the history and philosophical underpinnings of different methodologies, explore the specific demands each places upon the researcher and robustly set out relevant issues surrounding quality and rigor. Featured methodologies include action research, discourse analysis, ethnography, grounded theory, case studies and narrative inquiry.
This practical book provides a helpful guide to the research process - it introduces the relevant methods of generating, collecting and analysing data for each discrete methodology and then looks at best practice for presenting findings. This enables new researchers to compare qualitative methods and to confidently select the approach most appropriate for their own research projects.
Key features include:
- Summary table for each chapter - allowing quick checks to test knowledge
- 'Window into' sections - real world examples showing each methodology in action
- Student activities
- Learning objectives
- Full glossary
- Annotated suggestions for further reading
- Links to downloadable SAGE articles
- Links to relevant websites and organizations
This is an invaluable resource for students and researchers across the social sciences and a must-have guide for those embarking on a research project.
This is a very good resource for students and teaching
This is a very useful guide to the wide range of qualitative methodologies and methods that are often used. It links well with analysis of findings and can be of use to a wide range of Postgraduate students and also some Undergraduates.
A great introductory book for students who are making decisions which qualitative method and methodology to employ for their research. It is a solid overview of most popular qualitative methods. The chapters are well discussed and key issues for each method are explored.
useful overview of research approaches. Has proved useful for discussions of which approaches would suit specific research situations and projects.
Nice book to back for qualitative methodology. good chapters easy to read.
Several articles, e.g."Grounded Theory" and "Methodology and Methods" will be recommended for further reading. The articles as well as the whole book provide complex and extensive informations presented in a comprehensible manner. Rubrics like "leaerning objecitves" and "key points" frame the texts and make them accessible for students with different research epxerience.
Helpful overview of qualitative methods from a health/nursing perspective - useful for discussions where students are covering similar issues and subject matter.
The subtitle of this book says it all: It is a basic, but very thorough practical guide to the different qualitative research methodologies. Especially for students designing their first qualitative research study it is an excellent helpful introduction to these methodologies. It is written in a very user-friendly and understandable style. The usefulness as a textbook is enhanced by the inclusion of the many student activities, critical thinking questions and practical qualitative research examples. Highly recommended for undergraduate students. For post-graduate students I prefer a more advanced textbook.
A good basic guide to a range of qualitative research methodologies
This book is particularly useful during the early stage of designing a qualitative study. Using a scaffoldings approach it addresses the foundations of qualitative research followed by an examination of the different qualitative methodologies. The third and final section concludes with a number of practical strategies for planning a research study. Certainly useful to a range of students in particular the novice but equally those more experienced that require an accessible source of reference.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: Introducing Qualitative Research