It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).
This chapter serves as a foundation for the following chapters on research ethics, different forms of data generation and analysis. In this chapter we emphasise the importance of fitting design to the purpose of research: the design will follow from the aims and research questions. Although the main discussion of analysis occurs later in the book, emphasis is placed on planning the approach to analysis at the design stage and the integration of analysis throughout the process.
The chapter reviews a variety of design choices including action research, case study, longitudinal qualitative studies and secondary analysis of qualitative datasets. These are not the only design options in qualitative research but represent some of the important dimensions in qualitative designs: type of engagement with ...