30 Essential Skills for the Qualitative Researcher
By: John W. Creswell (author)Paperback
30 Essential Skills for the Qualitative Researcher fills a gap in introductory literature on qualitative inquiry by providing practical "how-to" information for beginning researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Creswell defines what a skill is, and acknowledges that while there may be more than 30 that an individual will use and perfect, the skills presented in this book are crucial for a new qualitative researcher starting a qualitative project.
John W. Creswell, PhD, has been a professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1978. In addition to teaching at the university, he has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design and 12 books, many of which focus on types of research designs, comparisons of different qualitative methodologies, and the nature and use of mixed methods research. His books are translated into many languages and used around the world. For the last five years, Dr. Creswell served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska, which provided support for scholars incorporating qualitative and mixed methods research into projects for extramural funding. He served as the founding co-editor of the Sage Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and as an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan where he assisted investigators in the health sciences and education with research methodology for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation projects. He also served extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and in 2008 lectured to faculty at five universities on education and the health sciences. In 2012 he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Thailand. Recently he served as a co-leader of a national working group developing guidelines for mixed methods research for NIH. He lives with his wife, Karen, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Preface Purpose Audience Organization of the book Wriitng features Acknowledgments About the Author Part I Understanding the Landscape of Qualitative Research 1 Thinking Like a Qualitative Researcher 2 Building on Quantitative Research Knowledge to Implement Qualitative Research 3 Making Your Qualitative Project Rigorous and Conceptually Interesting 4 Managing Difficult Emotions That Come Up During Research 5 Working With Research Advisers and Committees Part II Considering Preliminary Elements 6 Using Philosophy and Theory In Qualitative Research 7 Anticipating Ethical Issues 8 Developing a Literature Map 9 Viewing the Structure of a Thesis or Dissertation for a Qualitative Study Part III Introducing a Qualitative Study 10 Writing a Good Qualitative Title and Abstract 11 Writing a Good Introduction and Opening Sentence to a Study 12 Scripting a Qualitative Purpose Statement and Research Questions Part IV Collecting Data 13 Understanding the Process of Qualitative Data Collection 14 Conducting a Good Observation 15 Designing and Administering an Interview Protocol 16 Collecting Data With Marginalized Populations 17 Being Culturally Aware in Global Qualitative Research Part V Analyzing and Validating Data 18 Coding Text Data 19 Coding Images and Pictures 20 Developing Theme Passages 21 Using a Computer Software Program for Data Analysis 22 Implementing Validity Checks 23 Conducting Intercoder Agreement Part VI Writing and Publishing Qualitative Research 24 Writing In a Scholarly Way 25 Writing In a Qualitative Way 26 Writing Reflexively 27 Writing a Good Conclusion Section 28 Publishing a Qualitative Journal Article Part VII Evaluating a Study and Using Qualitative Designs 29 Selecting Quality Criteria for a Qualitative Study 30 Introducing Qualitative Designs References Glossary of Terms
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