"This book makes qualitative methods accessible to a broad audience. It includes practical advice and connects new researchers with well-chosen examples from a diverse array of rigorous qualitative studies. The discussion of the analysis process is a major strength."---Michelle C. Bligh, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
"The pedagogical features are good and follow a learn-by-doing model; the helpful vignettes bring in real-world examples. Students who are new to the methods will be inspired by reading about studies on topics they are interested in or have experienced themselves."---Penny L. Burge, Department of Educational Research and Evaluation, Virginia Tech
This Lively, Practical Text Presents a Fresh and Comprehensive Approach to Doing qualitative research. The book offers a unique balance of theory and clear-cut choices for customizing every phase of a qualitative study. A scholarly mix of classic and contemporary studies from multiple disciplines provides compelling, field-based examples of the full range of qualitative approaches. Readers learn about adaptive ways of designing studies, collecting data, analyzing data, and reporting findings. Key aspects of the researchers's craft are addressed, such as fieldwork options, the five phases of data analysis (with and without using computer-based software), and how to incorporate the researcher's "declarative" and "reflective" selvesl into a final report.