Qualitative Research : A Guide to Design and Implementation

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-06
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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This thoroughly revised and updated classic once again presents a guide to understanding, designing and conducting a qualitative research (QR) study.The third edition retains the reader-friendly, jargon-free style, making the book accessible to both novice and experienced researchers. While the book is practical guide to design and implementation of a QR study, it also helps readers understand the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of this research paradigm.Drawing on the latest literature as well as the author's own experience with conducting and teaching QR, the third edition includes new material on types of qualitative research; on the role of a theoretical framework in designing a study; on validity and reliability; and also includes an addendum for graduate students which provides a template for the methods chapter of a thesis, dissertation, or grant application.

Author Biography

Sharan B. Merriam is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Learning in Adulthood, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, and Third Update on Adult Learning Theory (New Directions fodesign and implementationr Adult and Continuing Education).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Authorp. xv
The Design of Qualitative Researchp. 1
What is Qualitative Research?p. 3
Types of Qualitative Researchp. 21
Qualitative Case Study Researchp. 39
Designing Your Study and Selecting a Samplep. 55
Collecting Qualitative Datap. 85
Conducting Effective Interviewsp. 87
Being a Careful Observerp. 117
Mining Data from Documentsp. 139
Analyzing and Reporting Qualitative Datap. 165
Qualitative Data Analysisp. 169
Dealing with Validity, Reliability, and Ethicsp. 209
Writing Qualitative Research Reportsp. 237
Appendix: The Methodology Section of a Qualitative Research Studyp. 265
Referencesp. 271
Name Indexp. 287
Subject Indexp. 293
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