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Interpreting Qualitative Data
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Interpreting Qualitative Data

Sixth Edition
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology
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December 2019 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Cutting-edge and friendly.  Offers even more of what we've come to expect.  Practical, yet conceptually astute.  Critically attuned to new developments, such as the uses and misuses of mixed methods designs and the convenience of smart phone technology.  Packaged in an approachable format that virtually welcomes the reader aboard" - Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri

With a wealth of examples and learning features, the book takes a practical approach to methods training and provides a strong foundation in research design for social science students.  

In his characteristic positive writing style, author David Silverman offers useful advice on sticking points faced by beginner researchers and helps you build your confidence.

Central to this sixth edition are its online resources, including:

  • Entertaining and inspiring videos from the author that help you unpack concepts, boost your understanding and think critically
  • An ‘assessment corner’, offering practical help and tailored support for typical assignments e.g. group reports and literature reviews
  • A downloadable workbook providing a hands on way to get to grips with the necessary skills for gathering, analysing and interpreting qualitative data

Approachable, clear and friendly, this book equips you with the tools to tackle key issues faced by qualitative researchers and establish good practice in your own research.


 
Part I: Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 1: What is Qualitative Research?
 
Chapter 2: Designing a Research Project
 
Chapter 3: Generalising from Qualitative Data
 
Chapter 4: Credible Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 5: Data Analysis
 
Chapter 6: Research Ethics
 
Part II: Methods
 
Chapter 7: Interviews
 
Chapter 8: Focus Groups
 
Chapter 9: Ethnography
 
Chapter 10: Documents
 
Chapter 11: Naturally Occurring Talk
 
Chapter 12: Visual Images
 
Chapter 13: Mixed Methods
 
Part III: Implications
 
Chapter 14: Writing Your Report
 
Chapter 15: The Relevance of Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 16: The Potential of Qualitative Research

Students who are truly interested in understanding the present digitalized society would be lost in its complexities without the help and support of the most experienced analyst of qualitative material, David Silverman. His textbooks adapt and evolve in tact with global developments and should be read by faculty and students from all social science domains.

Barbara Czarniawska
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Cutting-edge and friendly.  Offers even more of what we've come to expect.  Practical, yet conceptually astute.  Critically attuned to new developments, such as the uses and misuses of mixed methods designs and the convenience of smart phone technology.  Packaged in an approachable format that virtually welcomes the reader aboard

Endorsement
Jaber F. Gubrium University of Missouri.

The best practical guide to doing qualitative research just became even better with this new edition, which adds insight into using Mixed Method designs as well as exploring the potentialities of digital data and smartphones as data collection devices. Theoretically informed, practically oriented and engagingly composed, this book beats the others hand down!

Stewart Clegg
UTS Business School

Most of the research undertaken on our BA is qualitative and this is a thorough guide for interpreting this type of data.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
January 16, 2020

Professor Silverman never fails to deliver when it comes to interpretation of data. This is a well revised version and better update content.

Dr Seidu Salifu
He & Teacher Training, NESCOT
January 13, 2020

I've always liked the pragmatic yet engaging approach used by David Silverman. Every type of practical approach is laid out in an understandable and sympathetic way. I've yet to have a look at the online resources, but am looking forward to that!

Dr Christine Lewis
Education Studies, Edge Hill University
December 5, 2019

The book matches very well the topics of my courses and contains a good selection of online resources, tips and examples

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
October 23, 2019

A well -written and solid qualitative methods text book. I use it mainly for reference but it is an excellent choice as prescribed reading as well. It offers great insights, tips and exercises for many of the detailed challenges in the design and analysis of qualitative research.

Dr Jill Bogie
Business, Gordon Institute of Business Science
October 23, 2019

The book gives excellent support for students in the field, who are on their own and have to find their way through research concerns. My students, who go to the field in Africa, need this support! - I introduce the students on how to use the book, and then they can manage.

Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr.
Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn
October 21, 2019

An outstanding undergraduate book for research great terminology and clarity of definitions.

Ms Carol Lloyd
Department of Counselling, Chichester University
October 21, 2019

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