Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: A Practical Guide

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Michael A Forrester
SAGE, Mar 15, 2010 - Psychology - 280 pages
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Providing a complete introduction to qualitative methods in psychology, this textbook is ideal reading for anyone doing a research methods course in psychology that includes qualitative approaches or someone planning a practical project using qualitative methods.

Not just another research methods book, Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology is more a 'how to do it' manual, linked with a specifically designed set of digitised video recordings, transcripts and online resources to make learning about qualitative methods as easy as possible. The primary resources are a set of online, publically available video-recorded interviews produced by the editor and contributors to support student learning.

The text offers useful descriptions of how and why research questions are formulated and explains the importance of selecting appropriate methods for research investigations. Using examples from the specially produced data set, it describes four specific qualitative methods, outlining - in its very clear 'how to proceed' style - how each of these methods can form the basis of a qualitative methods laboratory class, practical or field study. As well as covering key topics such as ethics, literature reviews and interviewing, the book also describes precisely how research reports using qualitative methods are written up, in line with the appropriate conventions within psychology.

 

 

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Contents

1 This Book and How to Use It
1
Part 1 Formulating Research Questions
13
2 Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
15
3 Conducting Literature Reviews
39
Part 2 Conducting Qualitative Research
57
4 Approaches to Data Collection in Qualitative Research
59
5 The Interview in Qualitative Research
77
6 Research Ethics in Qualitative Research
98
Discourse Analysis
135
Grounded Theory
154
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
177
Conversation Analysis
202
Part 4 Writing Up
227
12 Writing Up the Qualitative Methods Research Report
229
References
247
Author Index
258

Practical Examples
119
7 Introducing the Data Set
121

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About the author (2010)

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).

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