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Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences

Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences

© 2014 | 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


Instructor Teaching Site

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  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.

Student Study Site

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 feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.

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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.

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