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Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods

Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods

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November 1993 | 401 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An American Journal of Nursing 1994 Book of the Year

Theoretically rich and stimulating, Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods targets matters inherent in qualitative research. It addresses some of the lesser-known or explicated qualitative research methods (such as ethology), the essential concepts of rigor and evaluation, dilemmas in data collection, and issues of scientific misconduct. The various schools of phenomenology and their major characteristics of excellence are described. In addition, ethical issues and concerns of scientific integrity are raised: Which set of ethics should a researcher use? Should one divulge their research purposes? Are there potential risks to informants? Each chapter in this volume deals with a matter that has not yet been resolved or addressed in existing literature. The chapters begin with a joint dialogue in which the contributors raise questions and comment upon the concept presented, thus giving a sense of the ongoing controversy these opinions engender. Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods is important reading for advanced students and researchers in all disciplines, especially nursing and allied health.

"Are you looking for ideas and techniques that will enhance the integrity, excellence, and spirit of your qualitative research? If so, this is the book for you. [Here], writers clarify not only theoretical, epistemological, and methodological issues but tackle the sensitivity area of issues of the spirit in qualitative research. Discussions are generally written in a crisp, clear, sometimes serious/sometimes whimsical way. Altogether, this makes for a delightful, rich, readable scholarly work. There were few, if any, chapters that did not provide mw with a fresh way of looking at something or a possible answer to a question that I had been harboring. The whimsical nature of some of the chapters was most refreshing. This is an important book for moving the profession along in its capability for conducting qualitative research."

--Lynne Maxwell, Nursing Research Quarterly

"The direct approach taken by the authors in exploring the soundness of qualitative research makes the book valuable for researchers of any inquiry paradigm. . . . The contribution of this book--and where it succeeds brilliantly--is in raising as many questions as it answers. The authors are not afraid to give voice to what qualitative researchers know but often are reluctant to discuss: That exemplary qualitative research is not merely one set of steps that can be learned from a book and applied by all researchers."

--Theory and Methods

"I believe the book is interesting, varied in content, and of high quality. . . . It is simply a fact that many more nurses are undertaking qualitative research, and while the number and quality of qualitative research publications are increasing, there is still a dearth of high-level discussion in the literature about issues in the process and outcome of the research."

--Kit Chesla, R.N., D.N.Sc., University of California, San Francisco

On Origins  
Janice M Morse
Qualitative Research
Fact or Fantasy?  
On Learning Qualitative Methods  
Katharyn A May
Abstract Knowing
The Case for Magic in Method  
More on Theory  
Janice M Morse
`Emerging from the Data'
The Cognitive Processes of Analysis in Qualitative Inquiry  
The Democracy of Interpretation  
Margarete Sandelowski
The Proof Is in the Pottery
Toward a Poetic for Qualitative Inquiry  
On Qualitatively Derived Intervention  
Janice M Swanson and Linda Chapman
Inside the Black Box
Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Conducting Evaluation Research Using a Qualitative Approach  
Basic Versus Applied Ethnography
Madeleine Leininger
Evaluation Criteria and Critique of Qualitative Research Studies
Good Phenomenology is...  
Marilyn A Ray
The Richness of Phenomenology
Philosophic, Theoretic and Methodologic Concerns  
Clarifying Phenomenological Methods  
Marlene Zichi Cohen and Anna Omery
Schools of Phenomenology
Implications for Research  
On Emic and Etic  
Joyceen S Boyle
Styles of Ethnography
Sorting Out the Styles...  
Majorie A Muecke
On the Evaluation of Ethnographies
More on Muddling Methods  
Phyllis Noerager Stern
Eroding Grounded Theory
Questions About Focus Groups  
Martha Ann Carey
The Group Effect in Focus Groups
Planning, Implementing, and Interpreting Focus Group Research  
Using Videotaped Data  
Joan L Bottorff
Using Videotaped Recordings in Qualitative Research
On Mentoring  
Sally Thorne
Secondary Analysis in Qualitative Research
Issues and Implications  
On Writing It Up  
Melanie Dreher
Qualitative Research Methods From the Reviewer's Perspective
Researcher-Participant Relationships  
Sally Hutchinson and Holly Wilson
Research and Therapeutic Interviews
A Poststructuralist Perspective  
On Being a Stranger in the Field  
Toni Tripp-Reimer et al
Research Teams
Possibilities and Pitfalls in Collaborative Qualitative Research  
The Politics of Writing  
Juliene G Lipson
Ethical Issues in Ethnography
Sloppy Science  
Kathleen A Knafl
Promoting Academic Integrity in Qualitative Research

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