Doing Qualitative Research / Edition 3

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Written in a lively, accessible style, Doing Qualitative Research provides a step-by-step guide to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues such as defining ‘originality’ and narrowing down a topic, keeping a research diary and writing a research report, and presenting research to different audiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848600348
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a Ph D on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970.

Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997).

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful Ph D students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
What You Can (and Can’t) Do with Qualitative Research
Why Do Students Use Qualitative Methods?
Are Qualitative Methods Always the Best?
Should You Use Qualitative Methods?
Concluding Remarks
The Research Experience I
Moira's Research Diary
Sally's Research Diary
Simon’s Research Diary
Concluding Remarks
The Research Experience II
Audio Data
Visual Data
Multiple Methods
Concluding Remarks
What Counts as 'Originality'?
Being a 'Professional'
Independent Critical Thought
Concluding Remarks
Selecting a Topic
Workable Research Questions
Simplistic Inductivism
The 'Kitchen Sink' Gambit
The Grand Theorist
Strategies for Simplistic Inductivists
Strategies for 'Kitchen Sinkers'
Strategies for Grand Theorists
Strategies for All Researchers
Concluding Remarks
Using Theories
How Theoretical Models Shape Research
The Different Languages of Qualitative Research
Theories, Models and Hypotheses
Concluding Remarks
Choosing a Methodology
Qualitative or Quantitative?
Your Research Strategy
Choosing a Methodology: A Case Study
Naturally Occurring Data?
Multiple Methods?
Concluding Remarks
Selecting a Case
What Is a Case Study?
Generalizing from Cases
Types of Case Studies
Combining Qualitative Research with Quantitative Measures of Populations
Purposive Sampling
Theoretical Sampling
Generalizability Is Present in a Single Case
Concluding Remarks
Ethical Research
The Standards of Ethical Research
Why Ethics Matter for Your Research
Ethical Guidelines in Practice
Complex Ethical Issues
Research Governance
Conclusion: Managing Ethical Demands
Writing a Research Proposal
Aim for Crystal Clarity
Plan before You Write
Be Persuasive
Be Practical
Make Broader Links
Concluding Remarks
Collecting Your Data
Collecting Interview Data
Collecting Ethnographic Data
Concluding Remarks
Developing Data Analysis
Kick-Starting Data Analysis
A Case Study
Visual Data
Concluding Remarks
Using Computers to Analyze Qualitative Data - Clive Seale
What CAQDAS Software Can Do For You
Advantages of CAQDAS
Limitations and Disadvantages
Theory Building With CAQDAS
Keyword Analysis
Concluding Remarks
Quality in Qualitative Research
Concluding Remarks
Evaluating Qualitative Research
Two Guides For Evaluating Research
Four Quality Criteria
Applying Quality Criteria
Four Quality Issues Revisited
Concluding Remarks
The First Few Pages
The Title
The Abstract
The List of Contents
The Introduction
Concluding Remarks
The Literature Review Chapter
Recording Your Reading
Writing Your Literature Review
Practical Questions
Do You Need A Literature Review Chapter?
Concluding Remarks
The Methodology Chapter
What Should The Methodology Chapter Contain?
A Natural History Chapter?
Concluding Remarks
Writing Your Data Chapters
The Macrostructure
The Microstructure
Tightening Up
Concluding Remarks
Your Final Chapter
The Final Chapter as Mutual Stimulation
What Exactly Should Your Final Chapter Contain?
Confessions And Trumpets
Theorizing As Thinking Through Data
Writing For Audiences
Why Your Final Chapter Can Be Fun
Concluding Remarks
Making Good Use of Your Supervisor
Supervision Horror Stories
Student And Supervisor Expectations
The Early Stages
The Later Stages
Standards Of Good Practice
Concluding Remarks
Getting Feedback
The Art Of Presenting Research
Feedback From The People You Study
Concluding Remarks
Effective Qualitative Research
Keep It Simple
Take Advantage Of Using Qualitative Data
Avoid Drowning In Data
Avoid Journalism
Concluding Remarks
Surviving an Oral Examination
Viva Horror Stories
Preparing For Your Oral
Doing The Oral
Revising Your Thesis After The Oral
A Case Study
Concluding Remarks
Getting Published
The Backstage Politics Of Publishing
Strategic Choices
What Journals Are Looking For
Reviewers’ Comments
How To Write A Short Journal Article
Concluding Remarks
The Policy-Making Audience
The Practitioner Audience
The Lay Audience
Concluding Remarks
Finding a Job
Learning About Vacancies
Getting On A Shortlist
The Job Interview
Concluding Remarks

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