Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project

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SAGE Publications, Apr 4, 2012 - Psychology - 232 pages
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'Thanks to this new book, psychology students now have a trustworthy and practical guide that takes them through all stages of qualitative research with rich examples and different paradigmatic perspectives.'

Svend Brinkmann, Aalborg University, Denmark

'A well thought-out, accessible and engaging guide to conducting qualitative research projects. This is a must-read for any student beginning the qualitative journey.'

Abigail Locke, University of Huddersfield, UK

This book is for students who are embarking on a qualitative research project in psychology or a related discipline. While focusing mainly on undergraduate dissertations, this book will also be useful for postgraduate students. It takes you through planning a qualitative project, stage by stage, addressing key issues and concerns along the way. The focus throughout is on how to make your project excellent!


Packed full of examples from student projects to help you to put theory into practice, the book guides you through:


* designing your research

* ethical considerations

* collecting your data

* analysing your data

* writing your report or dissertation.


In addition, the book will help you with time management and working with your supervisor, as well as providing guidance on how you can use your project as the basis for publication or further study.


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1 introduction and aims of the book
2 coming up with a research question
3 planning and ethics
4 managing the project
5 doing a literature review
6 collecting your data
7 analysing your data
8 evaluating qualitative research
9 writing up a qualitative project
10 what next?
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Sarah Riley is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at University College Wales, Aberystwyth, who uses and teaches a range of qualitative methods. Recent projects include looking at clubbing and dance cultures as forms of social and political participation (Economic and Social Research Council) and using cooperative inquiry to explore 'dilemmas of femininity' (British Academy). Her books include Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management (PalgraveMacMillan, 2008) and Sex, Identity and Consumer Culture (Open University Press, forthcoming).

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.

Stephen Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University. He is a social psychologist with research interests in areas such as peace and conflict, citizenship and national identity, and dis/obedience. In addition, he has been involved in numerous projects concerning the teaching of qualitative research methods. Between 2008 and 2011 he was chair of the TQRMUL group, and is co-editor (with Simon Mollan) of the forthcoming volume Representations of Peace and Conflict (Palgrave, 2012).

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