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 is an Professor of Family Medicine and Co-Director, Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous articles and 27 books on mixed methods research, qualitative research and research design. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he held the Clifton Endowed Professor Chair, served as director of a mixed methods research office, founded the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and was an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the Veterans Administration health services research center. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2008 and to Thailand in 2012. In 2011 co-led a national working group on mixed methods practices at the National Institute of Health, served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard's School of Public Health, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2014 he was the President of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. In 2015 he joined the staff of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan.
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