Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation, Fourth Edition

  • 6h 6m
  • Elizabeth J. Tisdell, Sharan B. Merriam
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2016

The bestselling guide to qualitative research, updated and expanded

Qualitative Research is the essential guide to understanding, designing, conducting, and presenting a qualitative research study. This fourth edition features new material covering mixed methods, action research, arts-based research, online data sources, and the latest in data analysis, including data analysis software packages as well as narrative and poetic analysis strategies. A new section offers multiple ways of presenting qualitative research findings. The reader-friendly, jargon-free style makes this book accessible to both novice and experienced researchers, emphasizing the role of a theoretical framework in designing a study while providing practical guidance.

Qualitative research reaches beyond the "what, where, "and "when" of quantitative analysis to investigate the "why" and "how" behind human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior, but this presents a number of significant challenges. This guide is an invaluable reference for students and practitioners alike, providing the deep understanding that this sometimes difficult area of research requires to produce accurate results. The book contains a step-by-step guide to analyzing qualitative data and an addendum for graduate students with a template for a thesis, dissertation, or grant application. Build a strong foundation in qualitative research theory and application Design and implement effective qualitative research studies Communicate findings more successfully with clear presentation Explore data sources, data analysis tools, and the different types of research

About the Authors

SHARAN B. MERRIAM is professor emerita of adult education at the University of Georgia. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than fifteen books, including Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice and Qualitative Research in Practice, both from Jossey-Bass.

ELIZABETH J. TISDELL is professor of adult education and coordinator of the doctoral program in adult education at Penn State University Harrisburg.

In this Book

  • Qualitative Research—A Guide to Design and Implementation, Fourth Edition
  • Preface
  • What Is Qualitative Research?
  • Six Common Qualitative Research Designs
  • Expanding The Qualitative Paradigm—Mixed Methods, Action, Critical, and Arts Based Research
  • Designing Your Study And Selecting A Sample
  • Conducting Effective Interviews
  • Being A Careful Observer
  • Mining Data From Documents And Artifacts
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Dealing With Validity, Reliability, And Ethics
  • Writing Up Qualitative Research
  • Appendix—The Methodology Section Of A Qualitative Research Study
  • References