Qualitative Research from Start to Finish

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $40.52
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 26%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $40.52   
  • New (10) from $40.52   
  • Used (4) from $47.97   


This lively, practical text presents a fresh and comprehensive approach to doing qualitative research. The book offers a unique balance of theory and clear-cut choices for customizing every phase of a qualitative study. A scholarly mix of classic and contemporary studies from multiple disciplines provides compelling, field-based examples of the full range of qualitative approaches. Readers learn about adaptive ways of designing studies, collecting data, analyzing data, and reporting findings. Key aspects of the researcher's craft are addressed, such as fieldwork options, the five phases of data analysis (with and without using computer-based software), and how to incorporate the researcher's "declarative" and "reflective" selves into a final report.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The references are numerous and are used with skill. I was impressed by the coverage of both classic and contemporary studies."--Penny L. Burge, PhD, Department of Educational Research and Evaluation, Virginia Tech
"This book is both practical and scholarly. I like Yin's conceptualization of the five features of qualitative research. I also appreciate the lack of jargon and the use of concrete examples. I will recommend this book to colleagues as a practical guide and will consider using it as a class text."--Lance D. Fusarelli, PhD, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education, North Carolina State University

"The author’s inductive, learn-by-doing approach is an excellent way to frame this book. The chapters are highly readable, and the definitions and explanations are clear and easy to follow. The writing style is very effective for the targeted audience."--Thalia M. Mulvihill, PhD, Department of Educational Studies, Ball State University
"Yin should be commended for connecting readers to the discipline and joy of doing qualitative research. This book makes qualitative methods accessible to a broad audience. It includes practical advice and connects new researchers with well-chosen examples from a diverse array of rigorous qualitative studies. The discussion of the analysis process is a major strength of the book."--Michelle C. Bligh, PhD, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University

"I know of no other book that so clearly, logically, and thoroughly walks the reader through every step of the qualitative research process. The book is state of the art in terms of current trends in qualitative research, and its review of novel and classic qualitative studies is second to none. Despite his stature as a world-renowned qualitative researcher, Yin's approach and writing style are so accessible that readers will feel like he is speaking directly to them in a small seminar. Very helpful features include preview questions, vignettes, chapter summaries of key concepts learned, and practical exercises. This is an ideal primary text for any qualitative research course at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level."--Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD, Counseling Psychology Program, Fordham University

Qualitative Report

“A unique element of the book is the inclusion of a discussion of worldviews at the end....The adaptive focus of the book might be helpful for both novice and seasoned researchers….Thinking about worldviews and other research methodologies as you are thinking about your next project works well with an action research or practitioner research approach in which all research is seen as part of a cyclical process of formalized reflection. I found other characteristics particularly useful to my teaching of doctoral students….Yin's…approach included an ‘adaptive’ perspective so that the reader could adapt elements from the book to their own study….Another feature that might be helpful for novice researchers and/or doctoral students was Yin's…description of and resources for completing the literature review….An exciting addition to the list of sources available for the new researcher....Within [his] linear, clear sequencing, Yin offered multiple options and reasons for choosing certain options (or choosing other options), encouraging researchers to do the same. The writing style was clear, concise and not jargon-loaded, which also might appeal to the novice researcher….I connected with Yin's work as a researcher and as a teacher.”--Qualitative Report
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606237014
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 435,598
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Yin has directly overseen, led, or participated in nearly 200 studies, most using qualitative methods. He serves as the president of COSMOS Corporation, a firm devoted to social science research. Most recently, he has had an extensive assignment with the United Nations Development Programme, helping its staff to strengthen the use of qualitative research in its evaluations. Dr. Yin has taught methods courses in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he advises doctoral students in preparing the prospectuses for their dissertations, most recently at the University of Copenhagen. Currently, he holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service at American University. In all, Dr. Yin has authored six books, edited four others, and published nearly 100 journal articles. His research has covered a wide array of fields, such as primary, secondary, and postsecondary education; health promotion, HIV/AIDS prevention, and substance abuse prevention; organizational development and program evaluation; neighborhood, community, and urban development; and technological innovation and communications.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part I. Understanding Qualitative Research
1. What Is Qualitative Research—and Why Might You Consider Doing Such Research?
A. The Allure of Qualitative Research: A Topical Panorama of Studies
B. The Distinctiveness of Qualitative Research
C. The Multifaceted World of Qualitative Research
D. Building Trustworthiness and Credibility into Qualitative Research
2. Equipping Yourself to Do Qualitative Research
A. Competencies in Doing Qualitative Research
B. Managing Field-Based Research
C. Practicing
D. Setting and Maintaining Ethical Standards of Conduct
E. Protecting Human Subjects: Obtaining Approval from an Institutional Review Board
3. How to Start a Research Study
A. Starting a Qualitative Study by Considering Three Features
B. Reviewing Research Literature
C. Detailing a New Qualitative Study
Part II. Doing Qualitative Research
4. Choices in Designing Qualitative Research Studies
Brief Definition of Research Designs
Choice 1: Starting a Research Design at the Beginning of a Study (or Not)
Choice 2: Taking Steps to Strengthen the Validity of a Study (or Not)
Choice 3: Clarifying the Complexity of Data Collection Units (or Not)
Choice 4: Attending to Sampling (or Not)
Choice 5: Incorporating Concepts and Theories into a Study (or Not)
Choice 6: Planning at an Early Stage (or Not) to Obtain Participant Feedback
Choice 7: Being Concerned with Generalizing a Study’s Findings (or Not)
Choice 8: Preparing a Research Protocol (or Not)
5. Doing Fieldwork
A. Working in the Field
B. Gaining and Maintaining Access to the Field
C. Nurturing Field Relationships
D. Doing Participant-Observation
E. Making Site Visits
6. Data Collection Methods
A. What Are Data?
B. Introduction to Four Types of Data Collection Activities
C. Interviewing
D. Observing
E. Collecting and Examining
F. Feelings
G. Desirable Practices Pertinent to All Modes of Data Collection
7. Recording Data
A. What to Record
B. Note-Taking Practices When Doing Fieldwork
C. Converting Field Notes into Fuller Notes
D. Recording Data through Modes Other Than Writing
E. Keeping a Personal Journal
8. Analyzing Qualitative Data, I: Compiling, Disassembling, and Reassembling
A. Overview of the Analytic Phases
B. Compiling an Orderly Set of Data
C. Disassembling Data
D. Reassembling Data
9. Analyzing Qualitative Data, II: Interpreting and Concluding
A. Interpreting
B. Modes of Interpreting
C. Concluding
Part III. Presenting the Results from Qualitative Research
10. Displaying Qualitative Data
A. Narrative Data about the Participants in a Qualitative Study
B. Tabular, Graphic, and Pictorial Presentations
C. Creating Slides to Accompany Oral Presentations
11. Composing Research, to Share It with Others
A. Composing: General Hints
B. Composing Qualitative Research
C. Presenting Your Declarative Self
D. Presenting Your Reflective Self
E. Reworking Your Composition
Part IV. Taking Qualitative Research One Step Further
12. Broadening the Challenge of Doing Qualitative Research
A. Qualitative Research as Part of the Broader Realm of Social Science Research
B. An Ongoing Dialogue
C. The Promise and Challenge of Mixed Methods Research
D. Moving Onward
Appendix. A Semester- or Year-Long Project: Career Paths
A Glossary of Special Terms Used in Qualitative Research

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)