- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tamerah N. Hunt, PhD (The Ohio State University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides basic information about qualitative research design and development enhanced by educational tools such as pertinent research theories, graphs, and figures that clarify a very difficult topic to understand.
Purpose: It is designed as a practical book for those who are first learning about qualitative research. This admirable purpose is attained.
Audience: This book is ideal for novice qualitative researchers. Not only does it serve as a great reference tool, it also provides basic valuable information on qualitative research for those who conduct quantitative research. The authors bring real-life experience to tools they commonly use.
Features: A general summary of research begins the book, followed by the steps necessary to conduct a qualitative research project, and concluding with specific types of qualitative research and the assumptions about and arguments against qualitative research. The book balances basic information with real-life examples taken directly from previously published qualitative research by healthcare researchers. These examples provide an excellent way for novice researchers to emulate work in similar subject areas. Unlike traditional research textbooks, this one is elegantly illustrated with figures and easy to follow diagrams that create flow and an easy to understand research guide. This book does lack detailed information, although producing a textbook that is easy to read and understand and provides thorough details is almost impossible. This one captures two of the three aspects a researcher desires.
Assessment: This book uses figures, graphs, and excerpts from previously published articles while providing a basic introduction to qualitative research. This approach is different from other books that provide lots of information, very few examples, and limited practical applications that make it difficult for novice researchers to grasp the breadth of the material.