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Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods

Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods

Third Edition

October 2001 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The completely revised and updated edition of this methodological classic continues to provide practical, comprehensive and strategic guidance on qualitative design, purposeful sampling, interviewing, fieldwork, observation methods, and qualitative analysis and interpretation while integrating the extensive qualitative literature of the last decade.

New to this edition:

- Twelve primary strategic themes of qualitative inquiry to clarify readers' understanding of the different strands of qualitative research

- Five distinct criteria-based frameworks for presenting and judging qualitative findings

- Sixteen different theoretical and philosophical approaches to qualitative inquiry identified, compared and contrasted

- Variations in observational methods, including historical perspectives, ethical issues, and case studies

- Alternative interviewing strategies and approaches, including focus group interviews, group interviews, and cross-cultural interviews

- Additional new coverage on: new issues in and approaches to fieldwork; in-depth treatment of emergent designs and purposeful sampling; detailed analytical guidelines, including software and computer-assisted options; strategies for enhancing quality and credibility of qualitative findings, mixed methods, and triangulation; and, a review and listing of the latest internet resources

The book examines and honours both the science and art of qualitative inquiry. The qualities that made previous editions of this widely used book so highly valued by both seasoned professionals and students continue to shine through in this revision, including Patton's extensive experience, broad perspective, inclusive sensitivity, concrete examples, pragmatic orientation, and fine writing.

1. The Nature of Qualitative Inquiry
2. Strategic Themes in Qualitative Inquiry
3. Variety in Qualitative Inquiry: Theoretical Orientations
4. Particularly Appropriate Qualitative Applications
5. Designing Qualitative Studies
6. Fieldwork Strategies and Observation Methods
7. Qualitative Interviewing
8. Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation
9. Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Qualitative Analysis

"Paton has a distinguished career as an evaluation researcher and his experience in applying the tools of qualitative research to address the questions and concerns of those in the world of practice come through clearly… a gem of a discussion of sampling strategies in qualitative research that is useful not only to prospective researchers but also to more seasoned ones. It is the most complete and carefully reasoned consideration of sampling in qualitative research that I have encountered"

Organizational Research Methods

An excellent text book with a variety of very interesting and relevant examples and stories.

Mrs Lisa Millar
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University
September 26, 2014

Excellent text which is both rich in examples, issues and debates.

Ms Louise O'Boyle
School of Art and Design, Ulster University
August 12, 2014

This book covers the essential principles of qualitative research with more depth and accessibility than many other newer texts I have read. I like the fact that it does not advocate a single line of inquiry, but allows the reader to consider all the options and make an informed selection of the most appropriate qualitative methodology and research design. Isn't it time for a new edition?

Dr Gabrielle Thorpe
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Univ. of East Anglia
June 17, 2014

Excellent text. Thorough overview of key themes and concepts, yet text is manageable for Degree students to read.

Mr Peter Tiernan
School of Education Studies, Dublin City University (DCU)
March 19, 2014

This book is a good reference source, but is written by the best textbook author. The book is difficult to understand, has not been significantly modified since its first edition in 1980, wanders off on topics seldom related to the main content, is somewhat groundless in its relation to adequate theoretical applications, and so on.

Mrs Maartje De Graaf
Media, Communication & Organisation, Twente University
November 19, 2013

I appreciate the style of the author in explaining qualitative methods without engaging in epistemological debates, which students generally find confusing. The author addresses all issues related to setting up qualitative studies and he does so in an accessible way. This makes this handbook exceptional. Nevertheless, this handbook is too extensive to be used only for two classes on qualitative research as part of a general course in research methodology. Therefore I attach the status of 'recommended reading' to this handbook and students are free to decide whether or not to consult it. For courses dedicated to qualitative research methodology, this handbook is an ideal companion.

Dr Stefan Hardonk
Social-Economic Institute (SEIN), Hasselt University
October 31, 2013

This is a wonderful text, but too extensive for my course. My course includes quantitative and single subject research methodology, but the Patton book seemed ideal for a stand alone qualitative class.

Mr Bryan Ness
Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of New Hampshire
October 28, 2013

Awaiting to receive the book.

Mrs Tania De Villiers
Division of Nursing, University of Cape Town
October 15, 2013

Good ancillary resource for doctoral students

Elsie Szecsy
RWR College of Education and Leadership, Walden University
June 13, 2013

Michael Quinn Patton

Michael Quinn Patton is an independent consultant with more than 40 years’ experience conducting applied research and program evaluations. He lives in Minnesota, where, according to the state’s poet laureate, Garrison Keillor, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” It was this interesting lack of statistical variation in Minnesota that led him to qualitative inquiry despite the strong quantitative orientation of his doctoral studies in sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 18 years, including 5 years as director of the... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761919711