The updated Fourth Edition of Rossman and Rallis’s popular introductory text leads the new researcher into the field by explaining the core concepts through theory, research, and applied examples. Woven into the chapters are three themes that are the heart of the book: first, research is about learning; second, research can and should be useful; and finally, a researcher should practice the highest ethical standards to ensure that a study is trustworthy. The Fourth Edition includes an elaborate discussion of systematic inquiry as well as a nuanced discussion of developing a conceptual framework.

Major Qualitative Research Genres


By now, Anthony, Ruth, and Marla are forming a better sense of their purposes and possible questions. As these elements of qualitative research take shape, their task is to think more concretely about where they want to focus their data collection and analysis. This will help them and, in turn, refine their research questions so that their projects become manageable. As noted in the above vignette, all too often, beginners want to learn everything about their topics—Marla soon will find herself overwhelmed if she does not focus her study to one layer of complexity. This is very common as beginners explore the many facets of the social world that interest them. Soon, however, they must focus. As they discuss ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles