What is Qualitative Research?

What is Qualitative Research?

by Martyn Hammersley, John L. Campbell
     
 

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This book invites readers to explore the nature of qualitative research, and to recognise the varied and conflicting forms it can take. It examines how these contrast with quantitative work, as well as how they differ from journalism and imaginative literature. The book describes various methodological philosophies that have shaped qualitative work, as well as…  See more details below

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This book invites readers to explore the nature of qualitative research, and to recognise the varied and conflicting forms it can take. It examines how these contrast with quantitative work, as well as how they differ from journalism and imaginative literature. The book describes various methodological philosophies that have shaped qualitative work, as well as different types of orientation to be found within it today. It offers clear definitions of key terms and concepts, and also a detailed exploration of recent disputes among qualitative researchers, with a view to showing how differences in practice relate to underlying commitments. This book will be a vital resource for both new and experienced researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849666091
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Series:
'What is?' Research Methods Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,110,034
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research in the Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning at The Open University, UK. His books include Taking Sides in Social Research (1999), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (2008), and Methodology, Who Needs It? (2011).


Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at the Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: Reading Ethnographic Research (1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (1992); The Politics of Social Research (1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (2008), and Methodology, Who Needs It? (2011).

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