Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research

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Oral History is part of the Understanding Qualitative Research series, which is designed to provide researchers with authoritative guides to understanding, presenting, and critiquing analyses and associated inferences. There are three subareas in this series: Quantitative Research, Measurement, and Qualitative Research. This volume fits in the Qualitative Research group and addresses issues surrounding oral history - how to both fully and succinctly report and present this material, as well as the challenges of evaluating it.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195395099
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2011
  • Series: Understanding Statistics Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Leavy is Associate Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Research Design

Chapter 3: Writing-Up the Methodology Section

Chapter 4: Writing-Up the Research Findings

Chapter 5: Discussion: Concepts and Strategies for Evaluating Oral History Research

References and Resources

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