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Qualitative Research from Start to Finish


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Part 1. Understanding Qualitative Research. What Is Qualitative Research-and Why Might You Consider Doing Such Research? The Allure of Qualitative Research: A Topical Panorama of Studies. The Distinctiveness of Qualitative Research. The Multifaceted World of Qualitative Research. Building Trustworthiness and Credibility into Qualitative Research. Equipping Yourself to Do Qualitative Research. Competencies in Doing Qualitative Research. Managing Field-Based Research. Practicing. Setting and Maintaining Ethical Standards of Conduct. Protecting Human Subjects: Obtaining Approval from an Institutional Review Board. How to Start a Research Study. Starting a Qualitative Study by Considering Three Features. Reviewing Research Literature. Detailing a New Qualitative Study. Part 2. Doing Qualitative Research. Choices in Designing Qualitative Research Studies. Brief Definition of Research Designs. Choice 1: Starting a Research Design at the Beginning of a Study (or Not). Choice 2: Taking Steps to Strengthen the Validity of a Study (or Not). Choice 3: Clarifying the Complexity of Data Collection Units (or Not). Choice 4: Attending to Sampling (or Not). Choice 5: Incorporating Concepts and Theories into a Study (or Not). Choice 6: Planning at an Early Stage (or Not) to Obtain Participant Feedback. Choice 7: Being Concerned with Generalizing a Study's Findings (or Not). Choice 8: Preparing a Research Protocol (or Not). Doing Fieldwork. Working in the Field. Gaining and Maintaining Access to the Field. Nurturing Field Relationships. Doing Participant-Observation. Making Site Visits. Data Collection Methods. What Are Data? Introduction to Four Types of Data Collection Activities. Interviewing. Observing. Collecting and Examining. Feelings. Desirable Practices Pertinent to All Modes of Data Collection. Recording Data. What to Record. Note-Taking Practices When Doing Fieldwork. Converting Field Notes into Fuller Notes. Recording Data through Modes Other Than Writing. Keeping a Personal Journal. Analyzing Qualitative Data, I: Compiling, Disassembling, and Reassembling. Overview of the Analytic Phases. Compiling an Orderly Set of Data. Disassembling Data. Reassembling Data. Analyzing Qualitative Data, II: Interpreting and Concluding. Interpreting. Modes of Interpreting. Concluding. Part 3. Presenting the Results from Qualitative Research. Displaying Qualitative Data. Narrative Data about the Participants in a Qualitative Study. Tabular, Graphic, and Pictorial Presentations. Creating Slides to Accompany Oral Presentations. Composing Research, to Share It with Others. Composing: General Hints. Composing Qualitative Research. Presenting Your Declarative Self. Presenting Your Reflective Self. Reworking Your Composition. Part 4. Taking Qualitative Research One Step Further. Broadening the Challenge of Doing Qualitative Research. Qualitative Research as Part of the Broader Realm of Social Science Research. An Ongoing Dialogue. The Promise and Challenge of Mixed Methods Research. Moving Onward. Appendix. A Semester- or Year-Long Project: Career Paths. A Glossary of Special Terms Used in Qualitative Research.

About the Author

Robert K. Yin, COSMOS Corporation, Maryland, USA


"Yin should be commended for connecting readers to the discipline and joy of doing qualitative research. This book makes qualitative methods accessible to a broad audience. It includes practical advice and connects new researchers with well-chosen examples from a diverse array of rigorous qualitative studies. The discussion of the analysis process is a major strength of the book." - Michelle C. Bligh, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University, USA"This book is both practical and scholarly. I like Yin's conceptualization of the five features of qualitative research. I also appreciate the lack of jargon and the use of concrete examples. I will recommend this book to colleagues as a practical guide and will consider using it as a class text." - Lance D. Fusarelli, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education, North Carolina State University, USA

"A unique element of the book is the inclusion of a discussion of worldviews at the end....The adaptive focus of the book might be helpful for both novice and seasoned researchers....Thinking about worldviews and other research methodologies as you are thinking about your next project works well with an action research or practitioner research approach in which all research is seen as part of a cyclical process of formalized reflection. I found other characteristics particularly useful to my teaching of doctoral students....Yin's...approach included an 'adaptive' perspective so that the reader could adapt elements from the book to their own study....Another feature that might be helpful for novice researchers and/or doctoral students was Yin's...description of and resources for completing the literature review....An exciting addition to the list of sources available for the new researcher....Within [his] linear, clear sequencing, Yin offered multiple options and reasons for choosing certain options (or choosing other options), encouraging researchers to do the same. The writing style was clear, concise and not jargon-loaded, which also might appeal to the novice researcher....I connected with Yin's work as a researcher and as a teacher."--Qualitative Report

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