Working with Qualitative Data

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Qualitative Data Analysis provides a practical and accessible introduction of how to develop and apply strategies for the analysis of qualitative data by exploring the ways in which analysis is related to all aspects of research. By situating analysis in the context of the whole research process, this book helps the reader to introduce an analytical component to every stage of doing research: from designing a project, reviewing the literature, through the various stages of gathering data, to the process of writing-up.

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Overall this book provides a broad introduction to qualitative research theory, and supports the reader while they consider various types of analysis throughout the research process. Whilst Gibson and Brown are clear to state early on that they cannot cover all methods of qualitative data analysis in this introductory text, they do illustrate how a range of analysis methods affect enquiry. Importantly, Working with Qualitative Data is indeed an introduction...Throughout the book I enjoyed a number of recurring features, such as the critiques given on certain methods, theories, technologies, etc., which made for an engaging text. I also particularly enjoyed the pragmatic nature of this book. Specifically, the authors acknowledge that whilst there are research ideals, in practice these ideals may be difficult to meet for a number of reasons. By recognising the wide variety of approaches available, and the advantages, disadvantages and realities of research, this book provides a good alternative or supplementary introduction to qualitative data analysis for the beginner qualitative researcher.

Debbie Braybrook
Leeds Metropolitan University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412945721
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Gibson

Research field: Social Sciences
Interactional Sociology
Online Colalboration and Communication
Qualitative Research Methodology
Sociology of Medical Practice

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Ford Gibson (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 17, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Conway, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of British Columbia, 1977

Table of Contents

Introduction: Qualitative Data Analysis in Context
Theory, Grounded Theory and Analysis
Engaging with Literature
Research Design
Using Documents in Research
Generating Data through Questions and Observation
Transcribimg and Representing Data
Identifying Themes, Codes and Hypotheses
Images and Texts
Video and Audio Data
Using Technology
Writing and Presenting Analysis
Concluding Remarks

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