Writing Up Qualitative Research / Edition 3

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Overview

Writing Up Qualitative Research, Third Edition offers time-tested suggestions on every aspect of the process from beginning to end. In this new edition, author Harry Wolcott continues to focus on the “writing side” of qualitative research, while incorporating new features such as guidelines on how and where to use theory.

Key Features

  • Offers practical suggestions for preparing an article or book for publication
  • Uses lively examples from the author’s more than 40 years of experience
  • Providessuggestions on how to proceed with the mechanics of preparing a manuscript
  • Includes pointers on how to improve or jump-start the writing process
  • Features a most robust and accessible pedagogy

This text is ideal as a supplementary text in any upper-level undergraduate or graduate seminar on the research process.

Praise for the Third Edition:

“Writing up Qualitative Research has CHIME – compassion, humor, intelligence, mindfulness of humanity, and empirical evidence. Wolcott’s empathic compassion is a major strength. The content of every chapter shows that Wolcott has fel and grappled with all the same anxieties and fears of writers at every level.”
—Sonja Peterson-Lewis, Temple University

“His style is good, down to earth, and easy to understand for both undergraduate and graduate.”
—Joseph Wronka, Springfield College

“The Wolcott text is much more reader-friendly and writer-friendly. It offer remarkable support for the writing process, compared to traditional texts.”
—Judy K. C. Bentley, SUNY at Cortland

“The conversational style makes the book inviting and accessible. It is comprehensive, addressing the various aspects of writing ranging from setting up to where to write to get published. It teaches and motivates with being didactic or arrogant.”
—Pat Maslin-Ostrowski, Florida Atlantic University

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Editorial Reviews

Annie Irvine
"Throughout, the guidance remains very practical, keeping clearly in sight the goal of actually getting the writing task done...I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose work involves writing up qualitative research, not only if you encounter particular struggles, but also if you just appreciate some words of encouragement from time to time. "
Nicole St. Germaine-Mc Daniel
"Wolcott’s advice is highly individual, and much of it involves strategies for finding the techniques for writing and editing that best fit you as a writer. Wolcott explains his points in a friendly and accessible manner, which makes the book feel like a lively conversation with a colleague rather than an academic treatise on writing. Writing Up Qualitative Research is a valuable resource for academic writers at any stage of their careers. Graduate students will find the discussion of breaking out of the prescribed formulas of the dissertation genre very helpful. New academics will enjoy the advice for keeping writing relevant to the audience, as well as the chapters on negotiating the publication process. Even seasoned academic writers will not go away from Wolcott’s book empty-handed, because it contains advice for guiding new writers and graduate students. Writing Up Qualitative Research is an enjoyable, refreshing, and useful monograph, and I know I will be using it for advice and inspiration for years to come. "
Nicole St. Germaine-McDaniel

"Wolcott’s advice is highly individual, and much of it involves strategies for finding the techniques for writing and editing that best fit you as a writer. Wolcott explains his points in a friendly and accessible manner, which makes the book feel like a lively conversation with a colleague rather than an academic treatise on writing. Writing Up Qualitative Research is a valuable resource for academic writers at any stage of their careers. Graduate students will find the discussion of breaking out of the prescribed formulas of the dissertation genre very helpful. New academics will enjoy the advice for keeping writing relevant to the audience, as well as the chapters on negotiating the publication process. Even seasoned academic writers will not go away from Wolcott’s book empty-handed, because it contains advice for guiding new writers and graduate students. Writing Up Qualitative Research is an enjoyable, refreshing, and useful monograph, and I know I will be using it for advice and inspiration for years to come."

SRA
"Throughout, the guidance remains very practical, keeping clearly in sight the goal of actually getting the writing task done...I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose work involves writing up qualitative research, not only if you encounter particular struggles, but also if you just appreciate some words of encouragement from time to time. "— Annie Irvine
Annie Irvine
"Throughout, the guidance remains very practical, keeping clearly in sight the goal of actually getting the writing task done...I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose work involves writing up qualitative research, not only if you encounter particular struggles, but also if you just appreciate some words of encouragement from time to time."
Nicole St. Germaine-McDaniel
"Wolcott’s advice is highly individual, and much of it involves strategies for finding the techniques for writing and editing that best fit you as a writer. Wolcott explains his points in a friendly and accessible manner, which makes the book feel like a lively conversation with a colleague rather than an academic treatise on writing. Writing Up Qualitative Research is a valuable resource for academic writers at any stage of their careers. Graduate students will find the discussion of breaking out of the prescribed formulas of the dissertation genre very helpful. New academics will enjoy the advice for keeping writing relevant to the audience, as well as the chapters on negotiating the publication process. Even seasoned academic writers will not go away from Wolcott’s book empty-handed, because it contains advice for guiding new writers and graduate students. Writing Up Qualitative Research is an enjoyable, refreshing, and useful monograph, and I know I will be using it for advice and inspiration for years to come. "
Nicole St. Germaine-Mc Daniel
"Wolcott’s advice is highly individual, and much of it involves strategies for finding the techniques for writing and editing that best fit you as a writer. Wolcott explains his points in a friendly and accessible manner, which makes the book feel like a lively conversation with a colleague rather than an academic treatise on writing. Writing Up Qualitative Research is a valuable resource for academic writers at any stage of their careers. Graduate students will find the discussion of breaking out of the prescribed formulas of the dissertation genre very helpful. New academics will enjoy the advice for keeping writing relevant to the audience, as well as the chapters on negotiating the publication process. Even seasoned academic writers will not go away from Wolcott’s book empty-handed, because it contains advice for guiding new writers and graduate students. Writing Up Qualitative Research is an enjoyable, refreshing, and useful monograph, and I know I will be using it for advice and inspiration for years to come."
Booknews
Some of Wolcott's (anthropology, U. of Oregon) advice concerns writing in general, but his particular focus is reporting on qualitative, descriptive, or naturalistic research in the social sciences. He discusses getting going and keeping going, linking with the work of others, tightening up, finishing up, and getting published. No date is noted for the first edition, comments on which informs the second. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
H. Russell Bernard
"Harry Wolcott’s book is one of those little must-have, must-read gems. The voice of experience is unmistakable. It’s great fun to read, and chock full of helpful, how-to-do-it advice."
Harvard Educational Review
"Written in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, Writing up Qualitative Research is useful and interesting and will be an important aid to graduate students working in their dissertations. It will also enable recent doctorates who accept university prositions to advance in their profession through writing and publishing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412970112
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 540,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry F. Wolcott(Ph.D. Stanford) taught at the University of Oregon, serving on both the faculties of education and anthropology. He authored several ethnographic texts that included his experiences among the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia and with the African Beer Gardens of Bulawayo, Rhodesia, as well on ethnographic method and on writing itself, with a focus on qualitative research. His publications included: Transforming Qualitative Data (SAGE 1994); Art of Fieldwork (2nd ed., Altamira Press 2005); Ethnography: A Way of Seeing (2nd ed., Altamira Press 2008); Writing Up Qualitative Research (3rd ed., SAGE 2009); Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork (Altamira 2002), and Ethnography Lessons: A Primer (Left Coast Press, 2010).

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Table of Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ ABOUT THE BOOK
PREFACE
1. On Your Mark . . .
2. Get Going
3. Keep Going
4. Linking Up
5. Tightening Up
6. Finishing Up
7. Getting Published
APPENDIX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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