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The Practice of Qualitative Research

Second Edition
Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber Boston College
Patricia L. Leavy
© 2011   424 pages   SAGE Publications, Inc   
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Part I. Qualitative Practice
1. An Invitation to Qualitative Research
2. Approaches to Qualitative Research
3. Designing Qualitative Approaches to Research
4. Ethics of Social Research
Part II. Methods of Data Collection
5. In-Depth Interview
6. Oral History
7. Focus Group Interviews
8. Ethnography
9. Content Analysis and Unobtrusive Methods
10. Case Study
11. Mixed Methods
Part III. Analysis and Interpretation
12. Analysis and Interpretation
13. The Writing and Representation of Qualitative Research
14. The Research Nexus

The Practice of Qualitative Research

Second Edition
Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber Boston College
Patricia L. Leavy
© 2011   424 pages   SAGE Publications, Inc  

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ISBN:   9781412974578 Paperback Suggested Retail Price:   $85.00 Bookstore Price:   $68.00

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First Edition: © 2006

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Offering a step-by-step approach to collecting, analyzing, designing and interpreting qualitative research

This engaging, student-centered text presents invaluable insights into the practice of qualitative and mixed methods research. In this thoroughly updated edition, authors Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Patricia Leavy offer a mix of theoretical approaches for qualitative methods practice that ranges from the interpretive tradition to critical perspectives.

New to This Edition   

  • New chapters on the case study approach and how to write up qualitative research 
  • Enhanced coverage of ethics woven throughout each chapter 
  • Exemplary research studies designed to engage students in hands-on research practice 
  • Tips for guiding students through the research process 
  • New sections on concept mapping, cross-cultural and international focus groups, computer-assisted technologies for analyzing qualitative and mixed methods data, and arts-based research projects 
  • Ancillaries at, which provide students and instructors with ongoing up-to-date learning resources.

This text is appropriate for all undergraduate and beginning graduate-level students taking qualitative and research methods courses in the social and behavioral sciences.

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