Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology

Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology

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By (author) Dennis Howitt, By (author) Duncan Cramer

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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Format: Paperback | 488 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 264mm x 26mm | 1,039g
  • Publication date: 14 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0132068745
  • ISBN 13: 9780132068741
  • Sales rank: 557,915

Product description

This comprehensive introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology offers step by step practical advice and guidance on a range of important topics in this field. The qualitative researcher must learn how to collate data effectively in order to understand behaviour in a natural setting, how to understand an experience from the perspective of the research participant and also how to understand the meanings people give to their experience. Illustrative research studies throughout this book provide a picture of how different methods have been used to answer real research questions. Key concepts outline important terms and ideas; each chapter adopts a common structure to explain what each method encompasses, how to use it, and when to use it. Every chapter ends with recommended resources for further study including books, journal articles, and web pages as appropriate. Chapter overview and summaries provide a useful framework to help guide study and revision. The book is supported by a fantastic companion website www.pearsoned.co.uk/Howitt featuring a range of great resources to help students consolidate their understanding of qualitative methods. Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology will equip the researcher with the ability and knowledge to collate and analyse data, whilst taking into account ethical considerations, to enable them to write up their qualitative research report.

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"This text is engaging, practical and balanced. Howitt draws the reader in by highlighting key figures in the evolution of qualitative research... Howitt grounds his text in important historical detail and conceptual foundational material; however, unlike some qualitative reading, it is not dense or jargon-heavy. This is supported by the book's structure; for example, each chapter includes an overview at the start and glossaries, key points and links to resources at the end, highlighted in blue text boxes to aid searching... The companion website is very useful, offering multiple-choice questions and flashcards for revision, which should prove popular with students. Comprehensive, clear and easy to navigate, with a valuable companion website. This is a welcome addition to the growing body of work on qualitative psychology and is valuable for experienced researchers who want to broaden their knowledge base, as well as for novices." - Reviewed in Times Higher Education

Table of contents

Guided tour of the book Preface Acknowledgements Part 1 Background to qualitative methods in psychology 1 What is qualitative research in psychology and was it really hidden? 2 How qualitative methods developed in psychology Part 2 Qualitative data collection 3 Qualitative interviewing 4 Focus groups 5 Ethnography/participant observation Part 3 Qualitative data analysis 6 Data transcription methods 7 Thematic analysis 8 Qualitative data analysis: grounded theory development 9 Discourse analysis 10 Conversation analysis 11 Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) 12 Narrative analysis Part 4 Planning and writing up qualitative data research 13 Writing a qualitative report 14 Ensuring quality in qualitative research 15 Ethics and data management in qualitative research Glossary References Index