Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory / Edition 2

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Overview

The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook continues to offer immensely practical advice and technical expertise that will aid researchers in analyzing and interpreting their collected data, and ultimately build theory from it. The authors provide a step-by-step guide to the research act. Full of definitions and illustrative examples, the book presents criteria for evaluating a study as well as responses to common questions posed by students of qualitative research.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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.
Sharon Rogers
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. 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. 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. 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. This book will be a useful addition to any qualitative researcher's shelf, especially the novice. It provides language that isuseful 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.
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New edition of a guide for researchers in various disciplines social science and professional who are trying to build theory through qualitative data analysis. Rather than providing a recipe book, the authors have aimed to provide a set of useful tools that will help researchers make sense of mountains of data, make sure that data and interpretations are valid and reliable, and break through the inevitable biases, prejudices, and stereotypical perspectives they bring to the analytic situation. Paper edition unseen, $29.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803959408
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: BASIC CONSIDERATIONS
Introduction
Description, Conceptual Ordering, and Theorizing
The Interplay between Qualitative and Quantitative in Theorizing
Practical Considerations
PART TWO: CODING PROCEDURES
Analysis Through Microscopic Examination of Data
Basic Operations
Asking Questions and Making Comparisons
Analytic Tools
Open Coding
Axial Coding
Selective Coding
Coding for Process
The Conditional/Consequential Matrix
Theoretical Sampling
Memos and Diagrams
PART THREE: GAINING CLOSURE
Writing Theses and Monographs and Giving Talks about Research
Criteria for Evaluation
Student Questions and Answers to These

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