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Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods

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November 1993 | 401 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An American Journal of Nursing 1994 Book of the Year

Theoretically rich and stimulating, Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods targets matters inherent in qualitative research. It addresses some of the lesser-known or explicated qualitative research methods (such as ethology), the essential concepts of rigor and evaluation, dilemmas in data collection, and issues of scientific misconduct. The various schools of phenomenology and their major characteristics of excellence are described. In addition, ethical issues and concerns of scientific integrity are raised: Which set of ethics should a researcher use? Should one divulge their research purposes? Are there potential risks to informants? Each chapter in this volume deals with a matter that has not yet been resolved or addressed in existing literature. The chapters begin with a joint dialogue in which the contributors raise questions and comment upon the concept presented, thus giving a sense of the ongoing controversy these opinions engender. Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods is important reading for advanced students and researchers in all disciplines, especially nursing and allied health.

"Are you looking for ideas and techniques that will enhance the integrity, excellence, and spirit of your qualitative research? If so, this is the book for you. [Here], writers clarify not only theoretical, epistemological, and methodological issues but tackle the sensitivity area of issues of the spirit in qualitative research. Discussions are generally written in a crisp, clear, sometimes serious/sometimes whimsical way. Altogether, this makes for a delightful, rich, readable scholarly work. There were few, if any, chapters that did not provide mw with a fresh way of looking at something or a possible answer to a question that I had been harboring. The whimsical nature of some of the chapters was most refreshing. This is an important book for moving the profession along in its capability for conducting qualitative research."

--Lynne Maxwell, Nursing Research Quarterly

"The direct approach taken by the authors in exploring the soundness of qualitative research makes the book valuable for researchers of any inquiry paradigm. . . . The contribution of this book--and where it succeeds brilliantly--is in raising as many questions as it answers. The authors are not afraid to give voice to what qualitative researchers know but often are reluctant to discuss: That exemplary qualitative research is not merely one set of steps that can be learned from a book and applied by all researchers."

--Theory and Methods

"I believe the book is interesting, varied in content, and of high quality. . . . It is simply a fact that many more nurses are undertaking qualitative research, and while the number and quality of qualitative research publications are increasing, there is still a dearth of high-level discussion in the literature about issues in the process and outcome of the research."

--Kit Chesla, R.N., D.N.Sc., University of California, San Francisco


 
Dialogue
On Origins

 
Janice M Morse
Qualitative Research
Fact or Fantasy?

 
 
Dialogue
On Learning Qualitative Methods

 
Katharyn A May
Abstract Knowing
The Case for Magic in Method

 
 
Dialogue
More on Theory

 
Janice M Morse
`Emerging from the Data'
The Cognitive Processes of Analysis in Qualitative Inquiry

 
 
Dialogue
The Democracy of Interpretation

 
Margarete Sandelowski
The Proof Is in the Pottery
Toward a Poetic for Qualitative Inquiry

 
 
Dialogue
On Qualitatively Derived Intervention

 
Janice M Swanson and Linda Chapman
Inside the Black Box
Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Conducting Evaluation Research Using a Qualitative Approach

 
 
Basic Versus Applied Ethnography
Madeleine Leininger
Evaluation Criteria and Critique of Qualitative Research Studies
 
Dialogue
Good Phenomenology is...

 
Marilyn A Ray
The Richness of Phenomenology
Philosophic, Theoretic and Methodologic Concerns

 
 
Dialogue
Clarifying Phenomenological Methods

 
Marlene Zichi Cohen and Anna Omery
Schools of Phenomenology
Implications for Research

 
 
Dialogue
On Emic and Etic

 
Joyceen S Boyle
Styles of Ethnography
 
Dialogue
Sorting Out the Styles...

 
Majorie A Muecke
On the Evaluation of Ethnographies
 
Dialogue
More on Muddling Methods

 
Phyllis Noerager Stern
Eroding Grounded Theory
 
Dialogue
Questions About Focus Groups

 
Martha Ann Carey
The Group Effect in Focus Groups
Planning, Implementing, and Interpreting Focus Group Research

 
 
Dialogue
Using Videotaped Data

 
Joan L Bottorff
Using Videotaped Recordings in Qualitative Research
 
Dialogue
On Mentoring

 
Sally Thorne
Secondary Analysis in Qualitative Research
Issues and Implications

 
 
Dialogue
On Writing It Up

 
Melanie Dreher
Qualitative Research Methods From the Reviewer's Perspective
 
Dialogue
Researcher-Participant Relationships

 
Sally Hutchinson and Holly Wilson
Research and Therapeutic Interviews
A Poststructuralist Perspective

 
 
Dialogue
On Being a Stranger in the Field

 
Toni Tripp-Reimer et al
Research Teams
Possibilities and Pitfalls in Collaborative Qualitative Research

 
 
Dialogue
The Politics of Writing

 
Juliene G Lipson
Ethical Issues in Ethnography
 
Dialogue
Sloppy Science

 
Kathleen A Knafl
Promoting Academic Integrity in Qualitative Research

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