The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit (8 Volumes)

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"This is an impressive collection that will form a must-have resource for those undertaking, teaching or studying qualitative research. It is nicely balanced to include practical advice and methodological discussion on a range of issues, including research design, data collection, analytical approaches and the political economy of contemporary qualitative research practice."
Amanda Coffey, Cardiff University

The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit is a major event in the world of Research Methods publishing. The kit comprises eight quality volumes that provide practical and accessible advice on how to conduct state-of-the-art qualitative research. This is an ideal toolkit for students and researchers for use in planning and carrying out research in a variety of academic and professional environments.

Each short text is written by leading researchers in each field, and provides the reader with a hands-on guide to what it is really like to do qualitative research in the field. Each book cross-references the other books in the kit, making this an invaluable tool for both teaching and for self-learning. Ideal for anyone in the social, health and educational studies fields, this is the perfect all-encompassing and detailed introduction to the practicalities of qualitative research.

The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit contains the following titles

Designing Qualitative Research Uwe Flick

Designing Qualitative Research provides a comprehensive guide to devising an effective research design. Uwe Flick discusses each stage of the process of designing qualitative research in detail, including formulating a research question, selecting an appropriate strategy, conceptual framework and data source, and collecting and analyzing data.

1. What is qualitative research

2. From an idea to a research question

3. Sampling, selecting and Access

4. Qualitative research designs

5. Resources and stepping stones

6. Quality in qualitative research

7. Ethics in qualitative research

8. Verbal data

9. Ethnographic and visual data

10. Analysing qualitative data

11. Designing qualitative research - Some conclusions

Doing Interviews Steinar Kvale

Interviewing is an invaluable tool for the qualitative researcher. Steinar Kvale provides coverage of both the theoretical background and the practical aspects of the interview process, incorporating discussion of the wide variety of methods in interview based research and the different approaches to reading the data. Consideration is also given to the crucial issue of how to ensure scientific rigor.

1. Introduction to Interview Research

2. Epistemological Issues of Interviewing

3. Ethical Issues of Interviewing

4. Planning an Interview Study

5. Conducting an Interview

6. Interview Variations

7. Interview Quality

8. Transcribing Interviews

9. Analysing Interviews

10. Validation and Generalisation of Interview Knowledge

11. Reporting Interview Knowledge

12. Enhancing Interview Quality

Doing Ethnographic and Observational Research Michael Angrosino

Doing Ethnographic Research guides the reader through the whole research process, from site selection through the production of a final report, and provides an introduction to the variety of data collection techniques associated with ethnographic research. Illustrative case material is provided throughout to demonstrate how the guidelines set out here translate into real-life research situations.

1. Ethnography and Participant Observation

2. What Kinds of Topics Can Be Effectively and Efficiently Studied by Ethnographic Methods?

3. Selecting a Field Site

4. Data Collection in the Field

5. Focus on Observation

6. Analyzing Ethnographic Data

7. Strategies for Representing Ethnographic Data

8. Ethical Considerations

9. Ethnography for the Twenty-First Century

Doing Focus Groups Rosaline Barbour

Focus groups are an increasingly popular method for collecting qualitative data in the social sciences. Doing Focus Groups provides practical advice on planning and running such group successfully. Rose Barbour discusses the advantages and limitations of using group discussion and demonstrates effective methods for collecting and analysing data.

1. Introducing Focus Groups

2. Uses and Abuses of Focus Groups

3. Underpinnings of Focus Group Research

4. Research Design

5. Sampling

6. Practicalities of Planning and Running Focus Groups

7. Ethics and Engagement

8. Generating Data

9. Starting to Make Sense of Focus Group Data

10. Analytical Challenges in Focus Group Research

Using Visual Data in Qualitative Research Marcus Banks

Using Visual Data in Qualitative Research examines the wide range of uses of paintings, photographs, film, drawings and a host of other images in qualitative research. Marcus Banks discusses visual data produced by the researcher, and that produced by those under study, and provides a comprehensive introduction to the practice of visually-orientated research.

1. The place of visual data in social research: a brief history

2. Approaches to studying the visual

3.Visual methods and field research

4. Presenting visual research

5. Conclusion: images and social research

Analyzing Qualitative Data Graham Gibbs

Analyzing Qualitative Data outlines how to select the most appropriate tool for analysis and provides the reader with an awareness of the various challenges that are unique to interpreting the conceptual and subjective data generated in qualitative research. Graham Gibbs covers preparation of data, coding and categorizing, analyzing biographies and narratives, and discusses the use of computer assisted qualitative data analysis.

1. The Nature of Qualitative Analysis

2. Data preparation

3. Writing

4. Thematic coding and categorizing

5. Analysing biographies and narratives

6. Comparative Analysis

7. Analytic Quality and Ethics

8. Getting started with computer assisted qualitative data analysis

9. Searching and other analytic activities using software

10. Putting it all together

Doing Conversation, Discourse and Document Analysis Tim Rapley

Doing Conversation, Discourse and Document Analysis demonstrates how language-in-use can be researched, looking at a wide range of sources, including official documents, political debate, casual conversations, interviews and internet chat rooms. The issues that might be faced by those undertaking such research are tackled and practical solutions are explored.

1. Studying discourse

2. Generating an archive

3. Ethics and recording ′data′

4. The practicalities of recording

5. Transcribing audio and video materials

6. Exploring conversations

7. Exploring conversations about and with documents

8. Exploring conversations and discourse: some debates and dilemmas

9. Exploring documents

10. Studying discourse: some closing comments

Managing Quality in Qualitative Research Uwe Flick

The issue of quality in qualitative research is one that is often neglected. In Managing Quality in Qualitative Research attention is given to the fundamental question of how to define and assess the quality of research. Uwe Flick examines how to distinguish good research from bad research when it comes to teaching, planning, evaluating and publishing qualitative research.

1. How to manage, address and assess the quality of qualitative research

2. Standards, criteria, checklists and guidelines

3. Strategies of managing diversity

4. Concepts of Triangulation

5. Methodological Triangulation in Qualitative Research

6. Triangulation in Ethnography

7. Triangulation of Qualitative and Quantitative Research

8. How to Use Triangulation for managing quality - Practical Issues

9. Quality, Creativity, and Ethics: Different ways to ask the question

10.Managing Quality in qualitative research - a focus on process and transparency

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About the Author:

Uwe Flick is Professor of Qualitative Research in Social Science and Education at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. He is a trained psychologist and sociologist and received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin in 1988 and his Habilitation from the Technical University of Berlin in 1994. He has been Professor of Qualitative Research at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and at the University of Vienna, Austria, where he continues to work as Guest Professor. Previously, he was Adjunct Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada; a Lecturer in research me thodology at the Free University of Berlin; a Reader and Assistant Professor in qualitative methods and evaluation at the Technical University of Berlin; and Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Medical Sociology at the Hannover Medical School. He has held visiting appoint-ments at the London School of Economics, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Cambridge University (UK), Memorial University of St John’s (Canada), University of Lisbon (Portugal), Institute of Higher Studies in Vienna, in Italy and Sweden, and the School of Psychology at Massey University, Auckland (New Zealand). His main research interests are qualitative methods, social represen-tations in the fields of individual and public health, vulnerability in fields like youth homelessness or migration, and technological change in everyday life. He is the author of Designing Qualitative Research (Sage, 2007) and Managing Quality in Qualitative Research (Sage, 2007) and editor of The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit (Sage, 2007), A Companion to Qualitative Research (Sage, 2004), Psychology of the Social (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Quality of Life and Health: Concepts, Methods and Applications (Blackwell Science, 1995) and La perception quotidienne de la Santé et la Maladie: Théories subjectives et Représentations sociales (L’Harmattan, 1993). His most recent publications are the fifth edition of An Introduction to Qualitative Research (Sage, 2014) and The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (editor, Sage, 2014).


“Fledgling and experienced researchers doing qualitative studies will find The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit a critical and valuable component of their research libraries. This superior collection of eight concise volumes addresses “how to” details of qualitative research not included in other texts. The authors who contributed to this essential reference set have made research design and methodology less daunting through their expert guidance. I cannot help but give this publication my highest recommendation." (Dr. Ramon L. Benedetto)

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