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.

Systematic Inquiry Approaches

Systematic Inquiry Approaches

Those undertaking a qualitative study have a baffling number of inquiry approaches from which to choose. We can gain a sense of this diversity by examining several classifications or typologies. One of the more popular classifications is provided by Tesch (1990), who organized 18 approaches into 4 branches of a flowchart, classifying these approaches based on the central interest of the investigator. Wolcott (1992) classified approaches into a tree diagram, with branches of the tree designating 25 strategies for data collection. Miller and Crabtree (1992) organized ...

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