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Interpreting Qualitative Data

Interpreting Qualitative Data

Sixth Edition
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College, Visiting Professor Emeritus at Leeds University Business School and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology
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December 2019 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"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

With a wealth of examples and learning features, the book takes a practical approach to methods training and provides a strong foundation in research design for social science students.  

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.

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

This is a classic text and the 6th edition is most welcome. Comprehensive, detailed, insightful and provides clear guidance and ideas on qualitative analysis for all levels. I can see this text being used at L6,7 and 8. Thank you.

Mrs Eleonora Teszenyi
Faculty of Education, The Open University
January 7, 2021

As ever, this author provides a comprehensive text for researchers who adopt a qualitative approach.

Mrs Liz Cade
Health and Social Care, Wrexham Glyndwr University
October 16, 2020

The book matches very well the topics of my courses and contains a good selection of online resources, tips and examples

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
November 27, 2019

A well -written and solid qualitative methods text book. I use it mainly for reference but it is an excellent choice as prescribed reading as well. It offers great insights, tips and exercises for many of the detailed challenges in the design and analysis of qualitative research.

Dr Jill Bogie
Business, Gordon Institute of Business Science
February 18, 2020

A great update, this book is well written and presented to provide clear guidance to students in understanding the analysis and interpretation of their data.

Miss Louise Stafford
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
January 25, 2021

The book gives excellent support for students in the field, who are on their own and have to find their way through research concerns. My students, who go to the field in Africa, need this support! - I introduce the students on how to use the book, and then they can manage.

Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr.
Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn
February 27, 2020

An outstanding undergraduate book for research great terminology and clarity of definitions.

Ms Carol Lloyd
Department of Counselling, Chichester University
March 13, 2020

Excellent general introduction to social research in qualitative tradition.

Dr Conor Galvin
School of Education, University College Dublin
May 12, 2020

Excellent all round book - added to the reading list

Mr Nick White
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
December 6, 2019

Recommended to all my students as it supports their social sciences dissertation

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
December 2, 2020

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