Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: A Guidebook and Resource

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 4, 2015 - Psychology - 416 pages
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An informative real-world guide to studying the "why" of human behavior

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods is a practical, comprehensive guide to the collection and presentation of qualitative data. Unique in the market, this book describes the entire research process — from design through writing — illustrated by examples of real, complete qualitative work that clearly demonstrates how methods are used in actual practice. This updated fourth edition includes all new case studies, with additional coverage of mixed methods, non-sociological settings, funding, and a sample interview guide. The studies profiled are accompanied by observation field notes, and the text includes additional readings for both students and instructors. More than just theory, this guide is designed to give you a real-world practitioner's view of how qualitative research is handled every step of the way.

Many different disciplines rely on qualitative research as a method of inquiry, to gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the governing forces behind it. Qualitative research asks "why" and "how," and the data is frequently complex and difficult to measure. This book shows you how to effectively handle qualitative work, regardless of where it's being applied.

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of qualitative data
  • Learn how experts work around common methodological issues
  • Compare actual field notes to the qualitative studies they generated
  • Examine the full range of qualitative methods throughout the research process

Whether you're studying sociology, psychology, marketing, or any number of other fields, especially in the social and behavioral sciences, human behavior is the central concern of your work. So what drives human behavior? That's what qualitative research helps to explain. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods gives you the foundation you need to begin seeking answers.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
Contents Chapter
3
Chapter 2
29
IntheField
54
Participation
62
KeyInformants
64
DifficultFieldRelations
66
FormingRelationships
68
RecordingInterviews
130
GroupInterviews
131
TheInterviewersJournal
132
Note
134
Chapter 5
135
Notes
159
Data Analysis inQualitativeResearch
161
SelectedStudies
199

FieldTactics
69
AskingQuestions
73
LearningtheLanguage
76
FieldNotes
78
Contents ix
84
BoundariesofaStudy
90
LeavingtheField
91
Triangulation
93
EthicsintheField
95
Chapter 4
101
Getting People to Talk About What Is Important to Them
118
TheInterviewGuide
122
Probing
123
CrossChecks
126
RelationsWithInformants
128
Chapter 7
200
SomeTipsonWriting
203
CommonMistakesinWritingFromQualitativeData
207
PublishingQualitativeStudies
210
SelectedStudies
213
Chapter 11
214
IdentityandFamilyNetworks
215
Practices of Leisure Activity BeyondtheHome
247
Robert Bogdan
265
World War II Conscientious
312
Appendix 1
338
Appendix 2
351
SubjectIndex
360
338
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Steven Taylor, PhD is professor of cultural foundations of education, centennial professor of disability studies, and co-director of Syracuse University's Center on Disability Studies, Law, and Human Policy. He is the author of numerous books and articles He was the recipient of the 1997 Research Award of the American Association on Mental Retardation, the 2003 Syracuse University Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement, and the 2008 Senior Scholar Award of the Society for Disability Studies.

Robert Bogdan, PhD is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Education at Syracuse University. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria (1964-1966) he went to graduate school in sociology. He joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 1971. He has won many awards for his writing and teaching including an honorary doctorate degree from Stockholm University.

Marjorie DeVault, PhD is the Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence and the undergraduate director of the department of Sociology at Syracuse University. Her special areas of interest include gender studies, qualitative methodology, feminist studies, and social interaction. . She maintains an IE website at http://faculty.maxwell.syr.edu/mdevault/Default.htm.

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