With clear instructions for developing a research design and complementary research tools, this book is not about describing or theorizing qualitative methods, but how researchers actually create and execute these methods. Helping students conquer the practical issues many novice researchers face, the book provides them with the tools they need to answer critical questions such as:
what are some ways to sample potential participants?
how do I construct an interview schedule?
should I be thinking of a single case study or a comparative study?
what and how should I record in the field?
what other sources of data should I consider?
Janice D. Aurini is Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Melanie Heath is Associate Professor at McMaster University, Canada. Stephanie Howells is Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada.
Introduction: From Why to How in Qualitative Research How to Conceptualize Research: Getting Started and Advancing Ongoing Projects How to Design a Qualitative Project and Create a Research Question: Selecting the Right Tools for the Job How to Do Interviews: Making What People Say Matter How to Do Focus Groups: Making the Most of Group Processes How to Conduct Field Research: Getting in and Getting out with High Quality Data How to Use Unobtrusive Methods: The Beauty of Social, Physical and Visual Artefacts How to Do Data Analysis: The Beginner's Guide to Coding How to Write up Qualitative Research: Making Your Words Count