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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: Part of the Understanding Qualitative Research series on social research, this book describes a method of the qualitative interview, the oral history.
Purpose: The purpose is to acquaint readers with the process of conducting oral history research as a methodology in qualitative research.
Audience: The author, a professor of sociology who specializes in qualitative research, targets an audience of social researchers.
Features: To describe the steps of oral history research, this book begins with the philosophical background of the method. It then covers the design itself, data collection, and data analysis. The next focus is writing up the methodology. This section includes a series of questions that will need to be addressed in the write-up. The next section, on the findings, takes readers through the steps to write a successful findings section. The book concludes with how to present the discussion section of the report. Questions guide the writing of this section. Throughout the chapters are examples to show application of the concepts.
Assessment: This book should be useful to individuals conducting or learning research that focuses on oral history.