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Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative Data Analysis
From Start to Finish

Second Edition

December 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is the ideal book to get you up and running with the basics of qualitative data analysis. It breaks everything down into a series of simple steps and introduces the practical tools and techniques you need to turn your transcripts into meaningful research.

Using multidisciplinary data from interviews and focus groups Jamie Harding provides clear guidance on how to apply key research skills such as making summaries, identifying similarities, drawing comparisons and using codes. 

The book sets out real world applicable advice, provides easy to follow best practice and helps you to:

·        Manage and sort your data

·        Find your argument and define your conclusions

·        Answer your research question

·        Write up your research for assessment and dissemination

Clear, pragmatic and honest this book will give you the perfect framework to start understanding your qualitative data and to finish your research project.

Chapter 1 Introduction to qualitative social research
Chapter 2 Designing qualitative research: your key questions
Chapter 3 Practical issues in qualitative research
Chapter 4 Collecting and managing interview data
Chapter 5 Collecting and managing focus group data
Chapter 6 A brief introduction to the analysis of qualitative data
Chapter 7 Step one for analysing your interview data - making summaries and comparisons
Chapter 8 Step two for analysing your interview data – using codes
Chapter 9 Step three for analysing your interview data - finding conceptual themes and building theory
Chapter 10 Analysing your focus group data
Chapter 11 Alternative approaches to analysing qualitative data
Chapter 12 Writing about your qualitative research

This is a must-have book for anyone considering qualitative data analysis. It is accessible and coherent and the many interesting examples make the processes of data collection and analysis very clear. The consistent format makes it very user friendly and I will use it to inform my own research as well as with my students.

Liane Purnell
Newman University

This text helps students apply qualitative research to the practice context. The book is punctuated with ‘real life’ practical examples from the author’s own experience of conducting qualitative investigations. In my opinion this is the best text of its kind.

Steven Whitcombe
Cardiff University

A comprehensive, pragmatic book that uses real research to illustrate the steps and decisions that a researcher needs to take when using qualitative methodology.

Jenny Povey
University of Queensland

A superb guide for qualitative research. Thorough and accessible, it walks students through all the steps, and provides compelling examples along the way.

Alex Schwartz
The New School

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