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Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences

Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences

September 2013 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Focusing on the integral role of the researcher, Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences uses a conversational writing style that draws readers into the excitement of the research process. Lichtman offers a balanced and nuanced approach, covering the full range of qualitative methodologies and viewpoints about the field, including coverage of social media as a tool to facilitate research or as a venue for study. After presenting theoretical concepts and a historical overview, Lichtman guides readers, step by step, through the research process, addressing issues of analyzing data, presenting completed research, and evaluating research. Real-world examples from across the social sciences provide both practical and theoretical information, helping readers understand abstract ideas and apply them to their own research.

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Qualitative Research—A Reflexive Stance
Chapter 3. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Chapter 4. Conceptualizing Research Approaches
Chapter 5. A Detailed Examination of Common Approaches
Chapter 6. A Review of Additional Research Approaches
Chapter 7. Planning and Conceptualizing a Qualitative Research Study
Chapter 8. Social Media, the Internet, and Technology
Chapter 9. A Review of Research Literature
Chapter 10. Interviewing
Chapter 11. Additional Methods of Gathering Data
Chapter 12. Drawing Meaning from the Data
Chapter 13. Communicating Your Ideas
Chapter 14. Judging the Research Process and Product
Epilogue: Social Science and the Future of Qualitative Research

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Lillie M. Fears
Arkansas State University - Jonesboro

“I really like the proposed textbook. Based on the prospectus and the outline I would very likely adopt the textbook for the next methods course.”

Gesine Hearn
Idaho State University–Pocatello

“I will adopt the book for both classroom and online teaching.”

Kebba Darboe
Minnesota State University–Mankato

“This book is a contribution to Qualitative Research. The content is similar to other texts, the writing and approach to delivery of QR is a bit different. The chapter on Social Media is a departure and makes the text attractive...”

Warren Hope
Florida A & M University–Tallahassee

“I would be likely to adopt this text as it is more undergraduate friendly than other texts in the field.”

Helen Potts
University Of North Texas–Denton

Not quite suitable for the curriculum targeted in the course. There are other textbooks that are more manageable for the students enrolled in the course.

Professor Glorimar Caraballo
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico
April 24, 2015

Brilliant book about qualitative research

Professor Dirk Reiser
Society and economy, University of Applied Sciences Rhine Waal
July 27, 2015

Good in making qualitative research methods easy to comprehend and appreciate their use in nursing settings.

Ms Sinna Ramonaledi
Nursing and Midwifery, Middlesex University
December 3, 2014

A broad look at the many aspects, approaches to and outcomes of qualitative research.

Ms Shan Ashton
Lifelong Learning, Bangor Univ.
July 4, 2014

A highly valuable text which makes this field of research highly accessible.

Lynette Morris
Internal Quality Assurance, Chiltern Training Group
April 1, 2014
Key features
  • The author covers every aspect of the research process in a narrative style that is clear, concise, and conversational in tone.
  • Discussions of newer issues related to studying social cultures (for example, Facebook and other social networking sites), Web 2.0 and 3.0 computing, sharing data using widgets, and globalization make the book student-friendly and timely.
  • Focus Your Reading learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students read with a purpose.
  • Did You Know? sections throughout each chapter highlight important information.
  • Check Yourself sections, discussion questions, activities, and exercises help readers master important skills and concepts.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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