This hands-on guide takes students from start-to-finish through the research process while showcasing the complexities and interrelationships of different methods, schools of thought, and associated analytical strategies.
Encouraging students to think of qualitative research as a flexible, cyclical process rather than a linear one, this book offers a panoramic strategy and dynamic approach to qualitative research that accommodates the fluid nature of research and accounts for lessons learned through lived experience. With an emphasis on the analysis stage-within case, across case, and the dialogue between these insights and existing literature-it uses concrete applications to show how your methodological decisions translate into practice.
Forming, defending, and evaluating research questions
Choosing a research approach
Ensuring ethically sound research
Collecting quality data
Analyzing data in layers
Reporting research results
Through a conversational tone that unpacks key vocabulary and acts as a companion supervisor, this book equips you to traverse every step of the qualitative research journey.
Chapter 1: Choosing qualitative inquiry The knowledge production process Qualitative research design Realm of qualitative epistemologies Chapter 2: Designing an iterative research project Designing the research The writing of a research project Chapter 3: Choosing an Approach to Guide Methodological Decisions Phenomenology Grounded theory Discourse analysis Narrative analysis Ethnography Chapter 4: Choosing Tools for Your Fieldwork Observation Interviews Documents Chapter 5: Ethical challenges in qualitative research Procedural Ethics Making an Application to the REB Concerns at the Heart of Research Relationships Chapter 6: Preparing for analysis and validity requirements The palimpsest as a metaphor for principles of analysis Vertical analysis: The first stratum of the palimpsest Horizontal analysis: The second stratum of the palimpsest Theoretical analysis: The third stratum of the palimpsest Initial project Chapter 7: Vertical Analysis Contextualizing condensation Semantic condensation Chapter 8: Horizontal analysis Horizontal analysis using discourse analysis through interpretative repertoires Horizontal analysis using a mixed approached inspired by grounded theory and narrative analysis Chapter 9: Theorizing and presenting the results Classification by Typology Bringing out contrasting characters Establishing a dialogue to enrich concepts Ensuring the quality of the study