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A Journey Through Qualitative Research

A Journey Through Qualitative Research
From Design to Reporting

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March 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This hands-on guide takes students from start-to-finish through the research process while showcasing the complexities and interrelationships of different methods, schools of thought, and associated analytical strategies.

Encouraging students to think of qualitative research as a flexible, cyclical process rather than a linear one, this book offers a panoramic strategy and dynamic approach to qualitative research that accommodates the fluid nature of research and accounts for lessons learned through lived experience.  With an emphasis on the analysis stage—within case, across case, and the dialogue between these insights and existing literature—it uses concrete applications to show how your methodological decisions translate into practice.

It covers:

  • Forming, defending, and evaluating research questions
  • Choosing a research approach
  • Ensuring ethically sound research
  • Collecting quality data
  • Analyzing data in layers
  • Reporting research results

Through a conversational tone that unpacks key vocabulary and acts as a companion supervisor, this book equips you to traverse every step of the qualitative research journey.

Chapter 1: Choosing qualitative inquiry
The knowledge production process

Qualitative research design

Realm of qualitative epistemologies

Chapter 2: Designing an iterative research project
Designing the research

The writing of a research project

Chapter 3: Choosing an Approach to Guide Methodological Decisions

Grounded theory

Discourse analysis

Narrative analysis


Chapter 4: Choosing Tools for Your Fieldwork



Chapter 5: Ethical challenges in qualitative research
Procedural Ethics

Making an Application to the REB

Concerns at the Heart of Research Relationships

Chapter 6: Preparing for analysis and validity requirements
The palimpsest as a metaphor for principles of analysis

Vertical analysis: The first stratum of the palimpsest

Horizontal analysis: The second stratum of the palimpsest

Theoretical analysis: The third stratum of the palimpsest

Initial project

Chapter 7: Vertical Analysis
Contextualizing condensation

Semantic condensation

Chapter 8: Horizontal analysis
Horizontal analysis using discourse analysis through interpretative repertoires

Horizontal analysis using a mixed approached inspired by grounded theory and narrative analysis

Chapter 9: Theorizing and presenting the results
Classification by Typology

Bringing out contrasting characters

Establishing a dialogue to enrich concepts

Ensuring the quality of the study


Great introduction to qualitative research methods. I find the section on analysis extremely informative and helpful - also I appreciate the online resources for instructors which I personally use for my classes.

Dr Marta Fadda
Health, University of Lugano
November 11, 2019

a well-designed and well-written textbook that will support students at different levels very well

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
March 22, 2020

The process of research can be daunting for students and the choice of approach and methods a challenge. As a strong advocate of qualitative research I have found this book to be well presented, thoughtful and full of great advice and explanation that will guide any student down their chosen research path. A very useful addition to a researcher's library.

Dr Ciaran McAleenan
School of the Built Environment (Jordanstown Campus), Ulster University
August 9, 2019

this is a really useful resource- students very often misunderstand the nature of qualitative research and this provides a solid framework for them to develop their knowledge

Ms Stella Harcourt
HE, Access and Counselling, South Essex College - Southend
September 13, 2019

An excellent book to support students through their individual qualitative reserach

Mrs Chrissie Draper
Educational Psychology, Derby College
December 3, 2019
Key features
  • Explores the connections and relationships between different schools of thought, vital to original qualitative inquiry. 
  • Encourages more sophisticated, nuanced thinking essential for qualitative researchers.
  • Illustrates key concepts and ideas and their applications in practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Choosing Qualitative Inquiry

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