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Successful Qualitative Research

Successful Qualitative Research
A Practical Guide for Beginners

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March 2013 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
*Shortlisted for the BPS Book Award 2014 in the Textbook Category*

*Winner of the 2014 Distinguished Publication Award (DPA) from the Association for Women in  Psychology (AWP)*

Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners is an accessible, practical textbook. It sidesteps detailed theoretical discussion in favor of providing a comprehensive overview of strategic tips and skills for starting and completing successful qualitative research.

Uniquely, the authors provide a "patterns framework" to qualitative data analysis in this book, also known as "thematic analysis." The authors walk you through a basic thematic approach, and compare and contrast this with other approaches. This discussion of commonalities, explaining why and when each method should be used, and in the context of looking at patterns, will provide you with complete confidence for your qualitative research journey.

    This textbook will be an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates taking a course in qualitative research or using qualitative approaches in a research project.

    Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here.

    PART ONE: Successfully Getting Started in Qualitative Research
    Chapter One: Some Very Important Starting Information
    Chapter Two: 10 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
    Chapter Three: Planning and Designing Qualitative Research
    PART TWO: Sucessfully Collecting Qualitative Data
    Chapter Four: Interactive Data Collection 1: Interviews
    Chapter Five: Interactive Data Collection 2: Focus Groups
    Chapter Six: Textual Data Collection: Surveys, Stories, Diaries and Secondary Sources
    PART THREE: Successfully analysing Qualitative Data
    Chapter Seven: Preparing Audio Data for Analysis: Transcription
    Chapter Eight: Moving Towards Analysis
    Chapter Nine: First Analytic Steps: Familiarization and Data Coding
    Chapter Ten: Identifying Patterns across Data
    Chapter Eleven: Analyzing and Interpreting Patterns Across Data
    PART FOUR: Successfully Completing Qualitative Research
    Chapter Twelve: Quality Criteria and Techniques for Qualitative Research
    Chapter Thirteen: Writing and Communicating Qualitative Research


    'Like water wings for the qualitative research beginner, Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners gracefully supports methodological novices until they learn to swim elegantly, on their own, in qualitative waters… As a teacher, researcher or a student, you will want to thank the gifted methodologists Braun and Clarke for making it all seem so easy'
    Michelle Fine
    The City University of New York, NY, USA

    'This is an admirably useful textbook that provides an uncommonly accessible, practical, and absorbing introduction for beginners to qualitative research'

    Eva Magnusson
    Umeå University, UMEÅ, Sweden

    'A clear, engaging and intelligent qualitative research guide which will greatly appeal to students new to this area. The authors should be commended for their lively style and attention to often hidden processes and practices involved in successful qualitative research'
    Brendan Gough
    Leeds Metropolitan University

    'This book provides an excellent introduction to qualitative research, combining in-depth explanation of the distinctive nature and goals of qualitative research methods with practical tips and helpful examples for beginners'

    Lucy Yardley
    University of Southampton

    'Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke present a clear and comprehensive road map for executing a successful qualitative study. They do so in a very engaging way that really brings the process to life for the reader. This book will be an essential read for anyone contemplating a qualitative research project'
    Guy Faulkner
    University of Toronto

    'This practical guide refreshingly demystifies the qualitative research process, relentlessly pushing an agenda for uncomplicated but high standards across the board and generously enabling anyone, no matter how inexperienced, to get on with it and do it well. It is the kind of guide that not only says how to do it but that actually shows how to do it, with a myriad of real, reproduced examples, extremely useful tables, boxes, chapter summaries, questions for discussion, exercises and lists of resources including references to a companion website with even more guidance and examples.'

    Edith Steffen
    Counselling Psychology Review

    This is an excellent and very thorough review of the main research methods used within Criminology at this institute. However, as some students will prefer quantitative methods I will only be recommending this to students rather than citing it as a core text.

    Mrs Samantha Cooper
    Health and Social Sciences, University Centre Grimsby
    March 20, 2020

    Essential for research qualitative methods with level 6 students. Overviews of all key aspects and 10 fundamentals of qualitative data is particularly useful for students. Will be using this across lectures.

    Miss Chloe Cutler
    Music, Doncaster College And University Centre
    January 21, 2020

    Very clear guide to using qualitative data and straightforward to use

    Ms Anna Gillespie
    Department of Health & Social Care, The Open University
    October 4, 2019

    Very approachable in style.

    Miss Eleanore Bliss
    Department of Health and Applied Social, University of The West of England
    July 22, 2019

    this is an excellent book essential to the delivery of qualitative research, students are encouraged to purchase this book from the library.

    Mrs Chrissie Draper
    Educational Psychology, Derby College
    April 1, 2019

    For students who are undertaking qualitative research this book is an essential read. It is comprehensive, well written and provides the student with both basic and more advanced information. I have added it to the BSc undergraduate and masters reading list.

    Dr Helen Nicholas
    Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
    December 14, 2016

    A great duo Braun and Clark. The book has lovely examples of research questions and outlines the practical aspects of qualitative research. Presented in a well written way and easy to access for students. It guides the students through the process of qualitative research offering suggestions, guidance and support.

    Dr Helen Nicholas
    Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
    November 17, 2016

    An excellent resource for post-graduate students doing qualitative research.

    Dr Ensa Johnson
    Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
    November 16, 2016

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    Virginia Braun

    Virginia Braun is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is a feminist and critical psychologist whose research explores the intersecting areas of gender, bodies, sex//sexuality and health. She has worked on projects related to heterosex, sexual health, cervical cancer prevention policy, sexuality and higher education, women's genital meanings and experiences, and female genital cosmetic surgery, and is current involved in a Marsden-funded project related to pornography (with Nicola Gavey & Linda Tyler; University of Auckland). She is also interested in the... More About Author

    Victoria Clarke

     Victoria Clarke is an Associate Professor in Sexuality Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her research has focused on lesbian and gay parenting, same-sex and heterosexual relationships, sexual practices, sexualities and appearance, sexualities and higher education, and qualitative research methods. She has conducted ESRC and British Academy funded research on same-sex relationships and civil partnership. Her books include Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives (Wiley) with Elizabeth Peel, and LGBTQ Psychology: An introduction (Cambridge... More About Author