Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design
Choosing Among Five Approaches
- John W. Creswell - Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan
- Cheryl N. Poth - University of Alberta, Canada
In the revised Fourth Edition of the best-selling text, John W. Creswell and new co-author Cheryl N. Poth explore the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of five qualitative inquiry approaches: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. Preserving Creswell's signature writing style, the authors compare the approaches and relate research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry in a highly accessible manner. Featuring new content, articles, pedagogy, references, and expanded coverage of ethics throughout, the Fourth Edition is an ideal introduction to the theories, strategies, and practices of qualitative inquiry.
Learn more about John W. Creswell's qualitative research and mixed methods research titles as well as his 2017 spring/summer mixed methods research workshops!
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“The Fourth Edition of Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design is refreshingly readable and will be accessible to students of all levels. This is a great text on the subject. Kudos to the authors!"
“In my teaching experience, I have found this to be the best text for teaching an introductory course in qualitative research, as it demonstrates in a clear and systematic manner how qualitative research can be undertaken in the five most popular approaches in contemporary applied social science research.”
“I have been using Creswell’s text since I studied the first edition as a student myself, and every edition has been a notable improvement on what was already an excellent book. I have yet to see another book that packs in as much vital information with such clarity and friendly writing.”
“Creswell and Poth’s newly revised edition of Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design represents an accessible yet in-depth resource for developing an understanding of both the main approaches to qualitative research in the social sciences, as well as the wide variation across and beyond these approaches.”
“Creswell and Poth bring clear guidelines to the area of qualitative research – an excellent resource for building the framework for a successful qualitative study.”
“An excellent, detailed and clear guide for anyone seeking further knowledge about qualitative inquiry.”
Have used in previous class
It is an excellent book and easy to use. Students love it.
The title fulfill all the requirements to be used in the course by graduated students. The book has a very good balance between theory fundaments and field application. The wide variety of real life examples is definitely a great value. Also, the book is very well written, so its very easy to read and understand, something that students will appreciated without a doubt.
clear and concise - great examples... could use a few more student-facing materials and tentative syllabus...
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 2. Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks