Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches


By (author) John W. Creswell

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 472 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412995302
  • ISBN 13: 9781412995306
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, colour tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 15,851

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In this Third Edition of his bestselling text John W. Creswell explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. In his signature accessible writing style, the author relates research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry. He compares theoretical frameworks, ways to employ standards of quality, and strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative, and verifying results.

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Author information

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design in 26 books (including new editions). He held the Clifton Institute Endowed Professor Chair for five years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For the last five years, Dr. Creswell served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served as the founding Co-Editor for the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and worked as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. He also worked extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the Veterans Administration. Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2008 and to Thailand in 2012. In 2011 he served as a co-leader of a national working group at NIH developing "best practices" for mixed methods research in the health sciences. In spring 2013, Dr. Creswell was a Visiting Professor at Harvard's School of Public Health. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Recently, he has been elected President of the Mixed Methods International Research Association for 2014-2015. He has also assumed the role of the Director of the College of Education and Human Sciences Mixed Methods Training Academy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His newest book, "A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research" was published by SAGE Publications in April 2014.

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"This text provides a wonderful introduction, using accessible language, to theories and practices related to the design and conduct of qualitative inquiry. Moreover, it remains a good first resource for students who want to pursue qualitative inquiry; that is, they can return to this text to review fundamental concepts and to find references to other resources about specific topics, approaches, and strategies." -- Carey E. Andrzejewski "Students find Creswell's books very "user friendly". They like his writing style, clear ideas, and simple enough language. At the same time, the book presents in-depth information, but because this information is stated in clear simple terms, it makes it easier for the students to comprehend it without difficulty." -- Nataliya V. Ivankova "A very welcome addition to doctoral courses and bookshelves!" -- Jeannine E. Klein "I've never found one I like better!" -- Trudy Salsberry "Clean and comprehensive. Easy for students to follow." -- David R. Osborn

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks Chapter 3. Designing a Qualitative Study Chapter 4. Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry Chapter 5. Five Different Qualitative Studies Chapter 6. Introducing and Focusing the Study Chapter 7. Data Collection Chapter 8. Data Analysis and Representation Chapter 9. Writing a Qualitative Study Chapter 10. Standards of Validation and Reliability in Qualitative Research Chapter 11. "Turning the Story" and Conclusion Appendix A. An Annotated Glossary of Terms Appendix B. A Narrative Research Study Appendix C. A Phenomenological Study Appendix D. A Grounded Theory Study Appendix E. An Ethnography Appendix F. A Case Study