"Daly has crafted one of the most accessible, comprehensive, and functional texts in research methods that students, scholars, and practitioners concerned with understanding family and development will immensely appreciate."
—Carla L. Fisher, The Pennsylvania State University
"I love this book! It is thoroughly excellent—accessible and clear. … What an accomplishment: an inviting research methods book written with intelligence and humility—makes you want to dive right into your next research project."
—Katherine R. Allen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
This book is a masterpiece. Kerry Daly has written the finest and most profound volume on qualitative research available in print. From the opening chapter to the last, it is clear that we are in the hands of a master scholar who brings great depth and wisdom to his work. . . . A tour de force by any standard.
—David Dollahite, Brigham Young University
Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development serves as a step-by-step, interdisciplinary, qualitative methods text for those working in the areas of family studies, human development, family therapy, and family social work. Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry J. Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated with specific examples from family relations and human development research.
- Outlines different analytic procedures: The most commonly used methodological traditions are covered, including ethnography, interpretive phenomenology, grounded theory methodology, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, and participatory action research.
- Offers examples from both hypothetical and actual research studies: Attention is given to the unique challenges associated with qualitative research on couples and families, ethics procedures, and credibility issues.
- Allows readers to make informed choices within clear guidelines: Balances breadth of topic coverage with sufficient detail to equip students to make informed decisions about methodologies and to be able to design and implement a qualitative research project.
- Cultivates good perceptual skills: Several pedagogical text boxes, tips and guidelines for data collection, examples, and illustrations encourage students to reflect on their own preferences, values, and experiences.
|Learning to See|
|The Paradox of Learning to See|
|Paradox of Control and our Ability to See|
|Lessons From the Art World: Positioning Ourselves to See Fully|
|Drawing Informs Research: The Cultivation of Perceptual Skills|
|Epistemology and Paradigms: Implications for Doing Qualitative Research|
|Induction, Deduction and Abduction in Practice: Cycles of Inquiry|
|Ontology and the Nature of Human Reality|
|Ontological Assumptions About Human Development|
|Ontological Assumptions About Families|
|Ontology Shapes Inquiry|
|Ethnography and the Study of Culture|
|Phenomenology: The Study of Conscious Experience|
|Grounded Theory Methodology|
|Narrative Inquiry: The Study of Story|
|Critical Approaches: The Tradition of Feminist Inquiry and the Example of Participatory Action Research|
|What Kind of Chef Are You?|
|Level I: Philosophical and Methodological Positioning|
|Level II: Developing a Research Proposal|
|Overview of the Research Plan: Practical Considerations|
|Dimensions of Reflexive Practice|
|Why Do We Do Reflexivity?|
|Reflexivity in Family Research|
|Reflexivity and Social Positioning|
|Balancing Vulnerability and Researcher Presence|
|What is Analysis in Qualitative Research?|
|Analysis for What?|
|Transcription as Part of Analysis|
|Analytic Approaches in Various Methodologies|
|The Diamond Approach: A Theory Development Model for Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Protecting Participants Through Confidentiality and Anonymity|