Part One: Introduction
Chapter 1: How To Use This Book
Chapter 2: What You Can (and Can’t) Do with Qualitative Research
Why Do Researchers Use Qualitative Methods?
Are Qualitative Methods Always Appropriate?
Should You Use Qualitative Methods?
Chapter 3: Focusing a Research Project
Part Two: Starting Out and Project Foundations
Chapter 4: Ethical Research
The Standards of Ethical Research
Why Ethics Matter for Your Research
Ethical Guidelines in Practice
Managing Unfolding Ethical Demands
Chapter 5: What Counts as ‘Originality’?
Independent Critical Thought
Chapter 6: Research Design
Chapter 7: Using Theories
How Theoretical Models Shape Research
The Different Languages of Qualitative Research
Theories, Models and Hypotheses
Chapter 8: Formulating a Research Question
Chapter 9: Choosing a Methodology
Qualitative or Quantitative?
Choosing a Methodology: a Case Study
Naturally Occurring Data?
Chapter 10: Writing a Research Proposal
A Caution: Misunderstanding Qualitative Research?
Part Three: Getting Support
Making Good Use of Your Supervisor
Supervision Horror Stories
Student and Supervisor Expectations
Standards of Good Practice
Chapter 12: Getting Feedback
The Art of Presenting Research
Feedback from the People You Study
Part Four: Collecting and Analysing Data
Chapter 13: How many cases do you need?
The Quantitative Model of Generalization
The Rationale of Case Study Design
Case study Research in Practice
Chapter 14: Collecting Your Data
Collecting Interview Data
Collecting Focus Group Data
Collecting Ethnographic Data
Chapter 15: Developing Data Analysis
Kick-Starting Data Analysis
Chapter 16: Using Computers to Analyse Qualitative Data
A note on learning to use QDA software
What QDA software can do for you
Advantages of QDA software
Chapter 17: Quality in Qualitative Research
Chapter 18: Evaluating Qualitative Research
Two Guides for Evaluating Research
Applying Quality Criteria
Four Quality Issues Revisited
Chapter 19: Effective Qualitative Research
Do Not Assume That We Are Only Concerned with Subjective Experience
Take Advantage of Using Qualitative Data
Part Five: Writing Up Your Research
Chapter 20: Audiences
The Policy-Making Audience
The Practitioner Audience
Chapter 21: The First Few Pages
Chapter 22: The Literature Review Chapter
Writing your Literature Review
Do You Need a Literature Review Chapter?
Chapter 23: The Methodology Chapter
What Should the Methodology Chapter Contain?
A Natural History Chapter?
Chapter 24: The Data Chapters
Chapter 25: The Concluding Chapter
The Concluding Chapter as Mutual Stimulation
What Exactly Should Your Concluding Chapter Contain?
Theorizing as Thinking Through Data
Why Your Concluding Chapter can be Fun
Part Six: The Aftermath
Chapter 26: Surviving an Oral Examination
Revising Your Thesis after the Oral
Chapter 27: Getting Published
The Backstage Politics of Publishing
What Journals are Looking For
How to Write a Short Journal Article