Pub. Date:
SAGE Publications
Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers / Edition 2

Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers / Edition 2


View All Available Formats & Editions
Current price is , Original price is $55.0. You
Select a Purchase Option (Second Edition)
  • purchase options
    $49.50 $55.00 Save 10% Current price is $49.5, Original price is $55. You Save 10%.
  • purchase options

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446209127
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/12/2013
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jane Ritchie is a psychologist and worked exclusively in social policy research throughout her career. She founded the Qualitative Research Unit at Nat Cen Social Research in 1985 and was the Unit's Director until 1998. She was one of the originators of the qualitative analytic tool, Framework, and teaches and writes about qualitative methods.

Jane Lewis was Director of the Qualitative Research Unit at Nat Cen Social Research from 1998-2007, and then Director of Research and Evaluation at the National Children's Bureau. Her career has since focused on research utilisation and implementation in child and family services. She ran the national support agency for evidence-informed practice Research in Practice and is now centrally involved in the development of UK implementation science and practice as a Director of the Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation.

One of the editors of the textbook Qualitative Research Practice, Dr Carol Mc Naughton Nicholls is a Senior Research Director at Nat Cen Social Research Crime and Justice Research Team. Carol has over 14 years of experience managing all aspects of complex, sensitive qualitative and mixed method projects and regularly delivers high impact research and evaluations to government in the UK. She specialises in research on sexual abuse, violence and exploitation with victims, perpetrators and professionals, and has previously researched homelessness, drug use, mental ill health and related policy and practice issues. Carol is passionate about the power of qualitative research to explore difficult but important social issues in a way that puts at the heart of the research those who have been affected by these issues, and also about the role researchers have to ensure their research informs real social and political change. Carol is also a Trustee of the Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre (RASASC) in London, has published widely on a range of issues, regularly presents at national and international conferences and seminars, and is a trainer for Nat Cen Learning.


Rachel Ormston is a Senior Research Director at Scot Cen Social Research, based in Edinburgh. She joined Scot Cen in 2005 and works across both qualitative and quantitative methods. Rachel has particular experience in using qualitative methods in evaluation research.

Table of Contents

The Foundations of Qualitative Research - Rachel Ormston, Liz Spencer, Matt Barnard, Dawn Snape
The Applications of Qualitative Methods to Social Research - Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston
Design Issues - Jane Lewis and Carol Mc Naughton Nicholls
Ethics of Qualitative Research - Stephen Webster, Jane Lewis and Ashley Brown
Designing and Selecting Samples - Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis, Gilliam Elam, Rosalind Tennant and Nilufer Rahim
Designing Fieldwork - Sue Arthur, Martin Mitchell, Jane Lewis and Carol Mc Naughton Nicholls
In-depth Interviews - Alice Yeo, Robin Legard, Jill Keegan, Kit Ward, Carol Mc Naughton Nicholls and Jane Lewis
Focus Groups - Helen Finch, Jane Lewis, and Caroline Turley
Observation - Carol Mc Naughton Nicholls, Lisa Mills and Mehul Kotecha
Analysis: Principles and Processes - Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, Rachel Ormston, William O'Connor and Matt Barnard
Traditions and approaches
Analysis in practice - Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, William O'Connor, Gareth Morrell and Rachel Ormston
Writing up qualitative Research - Clarissa White, Kandy Woodfield, Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews