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Analysis in Qualitative Research



November 2009 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Analysis in Qualitative Research helps readers prepare and successfully finish qualitative data analysis. It sets out an easy to grasp model—the spiral of analysis—that shows how to break up the data with coding and how to subsequently integrate the data to yield a meaningful picture of the phenomenon under study. It offers useful devices to guide the reader through the last difficult integrating phase of qualitative analysis including diagramming, memoing, thinking aloud, and using one's feelings.

The book incorporates the support of software for qualitative data analysis. The analysis is placed in the context of modern quality criteria and the demands posed on the reporting. The book cannot take the place of the process of thinking about the data, but it does provide thinking aids and practical tools to process the data, which can result in interesting findings.

The book is written on an introductory level and is aimed at third year undergraduate students, graduate students, and anybody beginning a research project. The examples cover a wide range of subjects what makes the book attractive for several social science disciplines. It strives to help researchers start and finish the analysis, and to inspire and enthuse them with their projects.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
 
Learning Aims
 
Preparatory Thoughts
 
Considering Quantitative or Qualitative Research
 
Diversity in Qualitative Research
 
Defining and Delineating Qualitative Research in This Book
 
Overview of the Qualitative Research Process
 
Redaings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 1
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH DESIGN
 
Learning Aims
 
Planning a Research Project
 
Literature Review
 
Research Question and Purpose
 
Legitimizing the Choice for Qualitative Research
 
Sampling, Recruitment and Access
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: step 2
 
PART THREE: ETHICS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
 
Learning aims
 
Ethics in Social Research
 
Sensitive Topics
 
Balancing Risk and Benefits for Participants
 
Researcher's Stress
 
Ethical Issues in Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Other Resources
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 3
 
PART FOUR: DATA COLLECTION
 
Learning Aims
 
Data
 
Qualitative Data Collection
 
Instruments Used
 
Writing Memos
 
Preparing Data for Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 4
 
PART FIVE: PRINCIPLES OF QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
 
Learning Aims
 
What is Analysis?
 
Segmenting Data
 
Reassembling Data
 
Three Starting Points
 
A Stepwise Approach: The Spiral of Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 5
 
PART SIX: DOING QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
 
Learning Aims
 
Introduction to Coding
 
Open Coding
 
Axial Coding
 
Selective Coding
 
Reflections on Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 6
 
PART SEVEN: INTEGRATIVE PROCEDURES
 
Learning Aims
 
Heuristics for Discovery
 
Think Aloud Analysis
 
Special Devices: Focus Groups and Visuals
 
Using the Computer in Analysis
 
Reflections on Computer-assisted Data Analysis
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 7
 
PART EIGHT: FINDINGS
 
Learning Aims
 
Results of Qualitative Research
 
Meta-syntheses of Qualitative Studies
 
Muddling Qualitative Methods
 
Mixed Methods Research
 
Practical Use
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 8
 
PART NINE: QUALITY OF THE RESEARCH
 
Learning Aims
 
Thinking About Quality
 
'Doing' Quality
 
Checklists for Asserting Quality of the Analysis
 
External Validity or Generalizability
 
Quality Challenges
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 9
 
PART TEN: WRITING THE RESEARCH REPORT
 
Learning Aims
 
Writing: The Last Part of the Analysis
 
The Researcher as Writer
 
The Position of Participants
 
Structure of the Final Report
 
Publishing
 
Readings I Learnt Much From
 
Doing Your Own Qualitative Research Project: Step 10

Well written , accessible and covers all the essential requirements for PG qual analysis. The book is not solely dedicated to analysis, there are chapters on the research design and ethics (which are covered equally well in numerous other texts). Chapter on integrative procedures is very useful. Each chapter signpost key further reading thro' a section titled 'Readings I learnt from' - which I feel is an interesting way of personalising the section and may inspire learners to engage in further reading.

Mr Andrew G Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
September 30, 2015

We advise this book to our student who are going to conduct qualitative research for their master thesis

Dr Nicolle Boumans
social medicine, Maastricht University
February 15, 2014

Excellent book, but I couldn't fit it into my existing syllabus.

Professor Susan Hawes
Clinical Psychology Dept, Antioch New England Grad Sch
January 26, 2014

We will stop using this book next year.

Sandrino Smeets
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
November 29, 2013

Good standard
Student friendly

Mrs Sian Evans
Built Environment, Glyndwr University
September 15, 2013

A very good book on qualitative data analysis for beginners, the book is well written and easily accessible. The author provides examples of coding and guides the reader through the integrative phase of analysis.

Dr Mansour Pourmehdi
The Graduate School, Bradford University
August 17, 2012

This book covers the basic functions that is required to analyze data. Most just focus on the philosophical or process requirements, this text however goes to the technical requirements of what is done with data once you have it. How to break down, analyze and present data into meaningful components.

Dr Anasuya Jegathevi
Department of Psychology, HELP University College
July 11, 2012

This text addresses analysis of qualitative research in a variety of ways which should be helpful for students. I especially like the sections regarding mixed method analysis and the 'think aloud' section as this is similar to a tutorial! I look forward to seeing how students respond to this text.

Mary Beckwith
Department of Acute Health Care, Bedfordshire University
July 9, 2012

A well written book suitable for any student involved in a research project. A book that you can dip in and out of. Some excellent tips given throughout for analysing and coding data. Well recommended.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education Department, Blackburn College
March 3, 2012

A well written and easy to read book. This book is recommended for any student involved in a research project. Some useful tips suggested on how data can be analysed and coded. A book that you can dip in and out of. Well recommended.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education , Blackburn College
March 3, 2012

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