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Qualitative Researching

Qualitative Researching

Second Edition

August 2002 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of this best-selling text offers students and first-time researchers invaluable guidance on the practice of qualitative social research.

Throughout the author addresses the key issues which need to be identified and resolved in the qualitative research process, and through which researchers develop essential skills in qualitative research. The book highlights the "difficult questions" that researchers should get into the habit of asking themselves in the course of doing qualitative research, and outlines the implications of the different ways of responding to these questions.

The new edition of Qualitative Researching has been fully revised and updated with expanded coverage of observation, documents, visual data, CAQDAS, and writing qualitative research. The text bridges the gap between "cookbook" approaches to qualitative research and abstract methodogical approaches. Helping the reader to move comfortably between principle and practice, this text has proved to be an invaluable introduction to qualitative research, and a useful aid to accomplished qualitative research practice across the social sciences.

Finding a Focus and Knowing Where You Stand
Designing Qualitative Research
Data Sources, Methods and Approaches
Qualitative Interviewing
Observing and Participating
Using Visual Methods and Documents
Sampling and Selection in Qualitative Research
Organizing and Indexing Qualitative Data
Making Convincing Arguments with Qualitative Data

A very useful textbook, well structured and laid out; making it easy to navigate through.

Appropriate for tutors and students alike.

Mr Stuart Priestley
Sport, Myerscough College
October 14, 2016

The author has produced a text which can be used by all students looking to expand their concept of qualitative research.It address the difficult questions that this research method poses and provides the reader with the tools to perform qualitative research in practice.

Mrs Lisa Jennison
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
March 17, 2016

Superb book on the suject of qualitative research

Mr Christopher Robinson
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
July 1, 2015

It covers some of the key issues in two of my lectures: the first focuses on 'Making Problems Researchable: Objectives, Questions, Answers', the second is a research methods introductory session on qualitative research methods.

Dr Helen Norman
Department of Sociology, Manchester University
September 22, 2015

Reprinted (2012) edition of Mason's 2002 introduction to Qualitative Researching built around a question and answer approach. Ideal for undergraduate students approaching qualitative research for the first time.

Ms Sue Watling
Centre for Educational Research and Development, University of Lincoln
September 3, 2014

This book provides a sound introduction to the underpinning principles and practice of qualitative research.

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

In this 2nd Edition, Jennifer Mason continues to press the importance of coherence between the research problem, aim(s)/question, methodological choice, data collection methods and analysis. It is a valuable companion to methods texts, which do not address the issue of rigour and coherence with the same tenacity. A vital text for Masters and PhD students whose enthusiasm for collecting data requires balancing with a close understanding of seemingly abstract methodological issues if they are to understand the research process. In particular Part 1 is a must read.

Dr Jillian Pooler
School of Dentistry , Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentis
March 26, 2014

This is an excellent overview of qualitative research from underpinning theories through to data collection and analysis.

Dr Fiona Harris
Department of Nursing & Midwifery, Stirling University
October 2, 2013

A useful source of specifically practical guidance for qualitative research. Useful for all years of undergraduate study.

Mr Neil Brooks
Mark, Oxford Brookes University
September 20, 2013

It is the main book and a usefull introduction to qualitative research

Dr Tea Bengtsson
Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
February 13, 2013

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Expanded coverage of observation, documents, visual data, CAQDAS, and writing qualitative research
  • An appendix drawing together issue raised in the book

Jennifer Mason

Jennifer Mason is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761974277