Qualitative Research from Start to Finish [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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. Ideal for graduate-level courses, the text includes:* Discussions of ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, feminist research, and other approaches.* Instructions for creating a study bank to get a new study started.* End-of-chapter exercises and a semester-long, field-based project.* Quick study boxes, research vignettes, sample studies, and a glossary.* Previews for sections within chapters, and chapter recaps.* Discussion of the place of qualitative research among other social science methods, including mixed methods research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606239780
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 538,301
  • File size: 4 MB

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.


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Table of Contents

Part I. Understanding Qualitative Research1. What Is Qualitative Research—and Why Might You Consider Doing Such Research?A. The Allure of Qualitative Research: A Topical Panorama of StudiesB. The Distinctiveness of Qualitative ResearchC. The Multifaceted World of Qualitative ResearchD. Building Trustworthiness and Credibility into Qualitative Research2. Equipping Yourself to Do Qualitative ResearchA. Competencies in Doing Qualitative ResearchB. Managing Field-Based ResearchC. PracticingD. Setting and Maintaining Ethical Standards of ConductE. Protecting Human Subjects: Obtaining Approval from an Institutional Review Board3. How to Start a Research StudyA. Starting a Qualitative Study by Considering Three FeaturesB. Reviewing Research LiteratureC. Detailing a New Qualitative StudyPart II. Doing Qualitative Research4. Choices in Designing Qualitative Research StudiesBrief Definition of Research DesignsChoice 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 FeedbackChoice 7: Being Concerned with Generalizing a Study’s Findings (or Not)Choice 8: Preparing a Research Protocol (or Not)5. Doing FieldworkA. Working in the FieldB. Gaining and Maintaining Access to the FieldC. Nurturing Field RelationshipsD. Doing Participant-ObservationE. Making Site Visits6. Data Collection MethodsA. What Are Data?B. Introduction to Four Types of Data Collection ActivitiesC. InterviewingD. ObservingE. Collecting and ExaminingF. FeelingsG. Desirable Practices Pertinent to All Modes of Data Collection7. Recording DataA. What to RecordB. Note-Taking Practices When Doing FieldworkC. Converting Field Notes into Fuller NotesD. Recording Data through Modes Other Than WritingE. Keeping a Personal Journal8. Analyzing Qualitative Data, I: Compiling, Disassembling, and ReassemblingA. Overview of the Analytic PhasesB. Compiling an Orderly Set of DataC. Disassembling DataD. Reassembling Data9. Analyzing Qualitative Data, II: Interpreting and ConcludingA. InterpretingB. Modes of InterpretingC. ConcludingPart III. Presenting the Results from Qualitative Research10. Displaying Qualitative DataA. Narrative Data about the Participants in a Qualitative StudyB. Tabular, Graphic, and Pictorial PresentationsC. Creating Slides to Accompany Oral Presentations11. Composing Research, to Share It with OthersA. Composing: General HintsB. Composing Qualitative ResearchC. Presenting Your Declarative SelfD. Presenting Your Reflective SelfE. Reworking Your CompositionPart IV. Taking Qualitative Research One Step Further12. Broadening the Challenge of Doing Qualitative ResearchA. Qualitative Research as Part of the Broader Realm of Social Science ResearchB. An Ongoing DialogueC. The Promise and Challenge of Mixed Methods ResearchD. Moving OnwardAppendix. A Semester- or Year-Long Project: Career PathsA Glossary of Special Terms Used in Qualitative Research

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