Beginning Qualitative Research: A Philosophical and Practical Guide / Edition 1

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Beginning Qualitative Research is a guide for novice practitioners. The reader and/or teacher, alone or as a part of a class on qualitative research, can conduct a qualitative inquiry from beginning to end using this work as the primary guide. The step-by-step instructions for each phase of the research allow the reader to learn, reflect on, and apply new knowledge and skills. Further, the novice qualitative researcher, by reflecting on the questions and issues raised in the text, can restructure their existing skills and knowledge in service of their research project. Importantly, these step-by-step instructions are embedded within the context of the philosophic underpinning of the research paradigm. Each chapter of the book, including the philosophical chapters, has activities which clarify and extend the readers' understanding of the themes being explored. From the generation of research ideas, to the collection and analysis of data, to the final write-up, novice qualitative researchers are given the tools for learning both the 'how to' and 'why' of a research project.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750702737
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Teachers' Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Research Exercises
Pt. I Building a Philosophic Foundation for Qualitative Research
1 Philosophic Underpinnings: An Overview 1
2 Before Beginning Research: A Philosophic Perspective 7
3 The Qualitative Posture: Indwelling 25
Pt. II From Ideas to Outcomes: Conducting Qualitative Research 41
4 Designing Qualitative Research: An Overview 43
5 Generating Ideas 50
6 Building a Sample 56
7 Data Collection In The Natural Setting: Studying People, Studying Settings 68
Pt. III Data Analysis 119
8 Qualitative Data Analysis: An Overview 121
9 Qualitative Data Analysis: Using The Constant Comparative Method 126
10 Communicating The Outcomes Of Qualitative Research 150
App. Research Proposals 167
App. Interview Schedule Television and Society 178
App. Interview Schedule Exploring People's Experience of Cross-sex Friendships 184
Index 190
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