Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design : Choosing Among Five Approaches

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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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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • colour illustrations, colour tables, figures
  • 1412995302
  • 9781412995306
  • 29,040

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
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"Clean and comprehensive. Easy for students to follow." -- David R. Osborn "I've never found one I like better!" -- Trudy Salsberry "A very welcome addition to doctoral courses and bookshelves!" -- Jeannine E. Klein "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 "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
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About John W. Creswell

John W. Creswell, PhD, has been a professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1978. In addition to teaching at the university, he has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design and 12 books, many of which focus on types of research designs, comparisons of different qualitative methodologies, and the nature and use of mixed methods research. His books are translated into many languages and used around the world. 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, which provided support for scholars incorporating qualitative and mixed methods research into projects for extramural funding. He served as the founding co-editor of the Sage Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and as an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan where he assisted investigators in the health sciences and education with research methodology for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation projects. He also served extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and in 2008 lectured to faculty at five universities on education and the health sciences. In 2012 he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Thailand. Recently he served as a co-leader of a national working group developing guidelines for mixed methods research for NIH. He lives with his wife, Karen, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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