Preface to the Fourth Edition
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
How to Use This Book
What You Can (and Can't) Do with Qualitative Research
Focusing Research Project
Issues in Research Design
What Counts as 'Originality'?
PART TWO: STARTING OUT
Formulating a Research Question
Choosing a Methodology
How Many Cases Do You Need?
Writing a Research Proposal
PART THREE: COLLECTING AND ANALYSING YOUR DATA
Collecting Your Data
Developing Data Analysis
Using Computers to Analyse Qualitative Data - Clive Seale
Quality in Qualitative Research
Evaluating Qualitative Research
Effective Qualitative Research
PART FOUR: WRITING UP
The First Few Pages
The Literature Review Chapter
The Methodology Chapter
Writing Your Data Chapters
Your Concluding Chapter
PART FIVE: GETTING SUPPORT
Making Good Use of Your Supervisor
Surviving an Oral Examination
Appendix: Transcription Symbols
In the fourth edition of his best-selling textbook, David Silverman provides a step-by-step guide to planning and conducting qualitative research. Using real examples from real postgraduate students, the book makes it easy to link theory to methods and shows how to move from understanding the principles of qualitative research to doing it yourself.
The new edition has been fully updated and now includes:
- a brand new chapter on formulating a research question appropriate for qualitative research
- an expanded discussion of the role of theory in research
- extended discussion of case study research and the number of cases needed for effective qualitative research
- further coverage of focus groups and analysing internet data
- new student examples from around the world
- a new section on the common pitfalls encountered in qualitative research
- an expanded companion website with more student examples and videos.
Filled with exercises to test your understanding and develop your skills, as well as David's own tips for research success based on years of experience, this book is essential reading for anyone doing qualitative research.