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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sharon Rogers, RN, MSN, PhD (c)(University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides all qualitative researchers with the tools needed to begin a qualitative research project. While primarily directed at those interested in grounded theory,suggestions, language, and methods that could be used in a variety of qualitative research projects are included. Format is similar to the 1990 edition, but considerable revision has occurred.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach qualitative analysis techniques and procedures. This is not a recipe book but a set of useful tools. It is a valuable revision, as thinking about qualitative research methods and the language used to express that thinking continues to change and develop. The authors' objectives are met.
Audience: The techniques and procedures outlined in this book are useful for all qualitative researchers. This book would also be an excellent reference for grant and article reviewers who have limited expertise in the language of qualitative research. It contains many excellent quotations for rebutting reviewers who want to impose quantitative methods and language in qualitative projects. The authors maintain their position as two of the most outstanding experts in their field. Corbin has done an excellent job of completing this work after Strauss' death.
Features: This book covers all areas of "doing" grounded theory research — data collection, coding, analysis, and theory building. Illustrations are few but helpful. Bolding and underlining in this book assist the reader in identifying material that is particularly important. Definitions are very concise and useful. I noted no shortcomings.
Assessment: This book will be a useful addition to any qualitative researcher's shelf, especially the novice. It provides language that is useful in educating quantitative researchers about qualitative research. Even those who have the first edition of the book will want this second edition. It has been heavily revised and updated to reflect new understandings of qualitative research methods.