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An Introduction to Qualitative Research

An Introduction to Qualitative Research

Seventh Edition
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany
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January 2023 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Continuing to be THE guide to the whole qualitative research process for students, this book looks at both the theory behind qualitative research and how to put it into practice in your own work. For students across a range of social science disciplines and beyond, this is a must to help you enhance your research project.

This edition introduces:   

  • a decolonisation of methodologies   
  • a range of indigenous, queer and feminist perspectives on methodologies
  • assistance with defending a viva and alternative forms of assessment to suit a changing world.

More additions to this seventh edition include a section on the subjectivity of a researcher, and how your identity will shape your research. The further reading has been curated to include more than just western voices, providing you with global perspectives on qualitative research. This text introduces how to sensitively undertake ethical and inclusive research with marginalised groups.

This book will help you master a comprehensive understanding of qualitative research.

Part 1: Foundations of Qualitative Research
Chapter 1: Why and How to Do Qualitative Research
Chapter 2: The Qualitative–Quantitative Distinction
Chapter 3: Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 4: Methods and Data in Qualitative Research
Chapter 5: Subjectivity, Identity, and Texts in Qualitative Research
Part 2: Research Design
Chapter 6: Formulating a Research Question
Chapter 7: Choosing and Constructing the Research Design
Chapter 8: Planning the Process in Qualitative Research
Chapter 9: Ethics of Doing Qualitative Research
Chapter 10: Using The Existing Literature
Chapter 11: Access, Fields Relations, and Participatory Research
Chapter 12: Sampling
Chapter 13: Qualitative Designs with Multiple Methods
Part 3: Verbal Data
Chapter 14: Collecting Verbal Data
Chapter 15: Doing Interviews
Chapter 16: Doing Focus Groups
Chapter 17: Using Narrative Data
Part 4: Data Beyond Talk
Chapter 18: Collecting Data Beyond Talk
Chapter 19: Observation and Ethnography
Chapter 20: Visual Data: Photography, Film and Video
Chapter 21: Documents as Data and Secondary Data Analysis
Chapter 22: Digital and Social Media Research
Part 5: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 23: Analysing Qualitative Data
Chapter 24: Transcription and Data Management
Chapter 25: Grounded Theory Coding
Chapter 26: Thematic Coding and Content Analysis
Chapter 27: Analysing Naturally Occurring Data: Conversation and Discourse
Chapter 28: Using Software in Qualitative Data Analysis
Part 6: Grounding, Writing And Outlook
Chapter 29: Quality of Qualitative Research: Criteria and Beyond
Chapter 30: Writing Up and Assessment in Qualitative Research
Chapter 31: State of the Art and the Future

Very good textbook to teach qualitative research

Ms Emilia Pietka-Nykaza
Social Science (Paisley), University of the West of Scotland
April 24, 2024

A very clear introduction to QR - easy to navigate and find information quickly for busy students.
Real world application and question prompts mean students can use the book in an active way.

Miss Audrey Wood
Department of Teacher Education, Bedfordshire University
September 19, 2023

The book gives an easy guideline for beginner researchers with examples which makes it easy for the students to follow the concept.

Mr Mayaka Bernard
Social Work, HAN University of Applied Sciences
March 14, 2024

Excellent text which I have found is applicable to students at all levels from undergraduate to PhD. Clearly written with excellent examples of research in practice. Research methodology is clearly explored making this an accessible text.

Dr Peter McNee
Health, Cardiff University
December 18, 2023

An excellent and comprehensive overview of qualitative research. It is accessible at an introductory level and is a useful 'one-stop shop' for our students. I will be recommending it to colleagues.

Dr Alan Mackie
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
January 10, 2023

An extremely useful book for students that provides a comprehensive overview of qualitative research methodologies. It is particularly useful for students grappling with theory and provides a good basic introduction that is suitable for undergraduates in psychology. It would be great, however, to see a little more on the conceptual basis and frameworks of the various methodologies in future editions. This is largely absent in most undergraduate textbooks on qualitative research methods aimed at undergraduates. That said, I look forward to future editions and highly recommend this book as a good starting point.

Dr Claire Cullen
Psychology, South East Technological University
January 19, 2023

This edition is well structured and easy to follow. It provides clear direction of the theory and methods behind qualitative research and how it can be applied

Ms Hattie Campbell
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
February 6, 2023

A coherently structured and easy to read text that guides the students through the complex procedures of qualitative research.
The text is suitable for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students conducting research projects. A comprehensive presentation of planning and executing qualitative research.

Mr Andrew Clark
Faculty of Business and Law, Sunderland University
December 12, 2022

An excellent text that takes a robust and comprehensive approach to a wide range of qualitative concepts and ideas that will be very helpful to student researchers and their lecturers.

Mr Robert Reynolds
Youth and Community Work, Plymouth Marjon University
February 14, 2023

Does not meet the needs of nursing doctoral students.

Elizabeth Diener
Kramer School Of Nursing, Oklahoma City University
December 13, 2022

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