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Interpreting Qualitative Data / Edition 5

Interpreting Qualitative Data / Edition 5

by David Silverman
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"Cutting-edge and friendly. Offers even more of what we've come to expect. Practical, yet conceptually astute. Critically attuned to new developments, such as the uses and misuses of mixed methods designs and the convenience of smart phone technology. Packaged in an approachable format that virtually welcomes the reader aboard" - Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri

In his characteristic positive writing style, author David Silverman offers useful advice on sticking points faced by beginner researchers and helps you build your confidence.

Central to this sixth edition are its online resources, including:

  • Entertaining and inspiring videos from the author that help you unpack concepts, boost your understanding and think critically
  • An ‘assessment corner’, offering practical help and tailored support for typical assignments e.g. group reports and literature reviews
  • A downloadable workbook providing a hands on way to get to grips with the necessary skills for gathering, analysing and interpreting qualitative data

Approachable, clear and friendly, this book equips you with the tools to tackle key issues faced by qualitative researchers and establish good practice in your own research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446295434
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a Ph D on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970.

Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997).

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful Ph D students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. David regularly runs qualitative research workshops for five universities in Sydney and Brisbane. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Since 2000, he has done voluntary work with people with dementia. resident in an old people’s home

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Part I: Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
Chapter 1: What is Qualitative Research?
Chapter 2: Designing a Research Project
Chapter 3: Generalising from Qualitative Data
Chapter 4: Credible Qualitative Research
Chapter 5: Data Analysis
Chapter 6: Research Ethics
Part II: Methods
Chapter 7: Interviews
Chapter 8: Focus Groups
Chapter 9: Ethnography
Chapter 10: Documents
Chapter 11: Naturally Occurring Talk
Chapter 12: Visual Images
Chapter 13: Mixed Methods
Part III: Implications
Chapter 14: Writing Your Report
Chapter 15: The Relevance of Qualitative Research
Chapter 16: The Potential of Qualitative Research

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