In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research
John W.CreswellRaymond C.Maietta

Introductory Comments

Qualitative research methods are often used when the scientist is interested in obtaining detailed and rich knowledge of a specific phenomenon. These methods include the five categories of procedures defined by Creswell and Maietta in this part of the Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement. In this part they cover narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory research, ethnography, and case studies. Within each of these sections they explore the key elements of each method and discuss how the methods can be used to answer questions best suited to qualitative ...

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