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Thinking Qualitatively

Thinking Qualitatively
Methods of Mind

September 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written in Johnny Saldaña's elegant and accessible style, Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind boldly pursues the challenge of teaching students not just how to collect and analyze data, but how to actively think about them. Each chapter presents one “method of mind” (thinking analytically, realistically, symbolically, ethically, multidisciplinarily, artistically, summarily, interpretively, and narratively), together with applications, a vignette or story related to the thinking modality, points to remember, and exercises. Designed to help researchers “rise above the data,” the book explores how qualitative research designs, data collection, data analyses, and write-ups can be enriched through over 60 different lenses, filters, and angles on social life. Venturing into more evocative and multidimensional ways to examine the complex patterns of daily living, the book reveals how the researcher's mind thinks heuristically to transcend the descriptive and develop "highdeep" insights about the human condition.

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List of Displays
About the Author
1. Introduction: Thinking About Thinking
2. Thinking Analytically
3. Thinking Realistically
4. Thinking Symbolically
5. Thinking Ethically
6. Thinking Multidisciplinarily
7. Thinking Artistically
8. Thinking Summarily
9. Thinking Interpretively
10. Thinking Narratively
11. Closure: Thoughts about Thinking


Student Study Site
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The open-access
Student Study Site includes the following:
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. 

This book will be particularly useful for the science based trainees who struggle to get to grips with the qualitative data and pulling out the key themes from their data.

Mr Dale Munday
Teacher Training, Myerscough College
December 19, 2014

Innovative and motivating text that will be very helpful for students conducting research at post graduate level.

Professor Corinne May-Chahal
Department of Applied Social Sciences, Lancaster University
December 10, 2014

Interesting book for introduction in qualitative thinking. It is not sufficient for students to serve as a major handbook, but may serve as an inspiring and philosophical source.

Professor Daphne Kos
Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, KU Leuven
November 4, 2015
Key features



  • Accessible and reader-friendly, the book appeals to both undergraduate and graduate students of qualitative inquiry and teaches them not just how to research, but how to think.
  • Research genres, such as grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, case study, narrative inquiry, mixed methods, and arts-based research in education, the social sciences, and health care, are addressed.
  • Recent research is cited on how the brain works and how cognitive methods harmonize with the goals of qualitative inquiry.
  • Examples from actual research studies and everyday life help readers see “methods of mind” in action.
  • Each chapter concludes with a summary and Exercises for Thinking that encourage students to apply chapter concepts.
  • Approximately two dozen diagrams and photographs illustrate selected modes of thinking.
  • A glossary of key terms appears at the back of the book.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

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