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Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology


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Chapter 1: This book and how to use it - Cath Sullivan & Michael Forrester Part I: Formulating Research Questions Chapter 2: Theory and method in qualitative psychology - Cath Sullivan Chapter 3: Research ethics in qualitative research - Nigel King Chapter 4: Quality in qualitative research - Nollaig Frost & Deborah Bailey-Rodriguez Chapter 5: Conducting literature reviews - Rachel Shaw Part II: Collecting Qualitative Data Chapter 6: Approaches to data collection in qualitative research - Stephen Gibson & Sarah Riley Chapter 7: The interview in qualitative research - Nigel King & Siobhan Hugh-Jones Part III: Practical Examples of Qualitative Analysis Chapter 8: Creating a data set to illustrate different approaches to analysis - Stephen Gibson Chapter 9: Thematic analysis - Leanne Freeman & Cath Sullivan Chapter 10: Interpretative phenomenological analysis - Rachel Shaw Chapter 11: Narrative analysis - Deborah Bailey-Rodriguez , Nollaig Frost & Frauke Elichoaff Chapter 12: Discourse analysis - Sally Wiggins & Sarah Riley Chapter 13: Conversation analysis - Michael Forrester Chapter 14: Grounded theory - Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson Part IV: Outcomes and Results Chapter 15: Writing your qualitative research report - Colm Crowley

About the Author

Dr Cath Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the University of Central Lancashire's School of Psychology and her research interests mainly relate to the social psychology of gender, discourse and social constructionism. Cath has over 10 years' experience of teaching qualitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and since 2005 has been an active member of the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network working group on Teaching Qualitative Research Methods at Undergraduate Level (TQRMUL). Her published articles and book chapters include empirical qualitative papers and pieces about qualitative methodology. Michael A Forrester is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He is the author of The Development of Young Children's Social Cognitive Skills (1992).


This textbook will be a fantastic resource for psychology students, providing the essential theoretical underpinnings of qualitative approaches alongside practical examples, tips and techniques. Subjecting the same transcript to multiple analyses provides a unique opportunity to witness qualitative research in action - to appreciate the value and unique nature of different qualitative methods.

-- Eleanor Bradley
This book provides an excellent introduction to the main approaches in qualitative research in psychology. Using the same data across all approaches makes this book unique. I highly recommend this very practical guide to graduate students and teachers alike. -- Carolin Demuth

This accessible and engaging practical guide to collecting and analysing qualitative data is a must have for undergraduate psychology students.

-- Craig Owen
Written both for the novice and those with experience in conducting qualitative research, this is a well-written and accessible text. All aspects of the research process from question formulation through to writing up a research report are covered in detail. -- Dannette Marie
The textbook is useful for those who have started to plan doing qualitative research in psychology. It gives not only guidelines on how to plan and proceed with the project, but also encourages ethical reflection. -- Eleonora Bielawska-Batorowicz

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