Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.


Publishers routinely ask prospective authors to stipulate the intended audience for their texts, and, given the growing acceptability of and interest in qualitative methods, there are many constituencies to which you, the reader, may belong. You may have been trained in a discipline that has traditionally utilized qualitative methods, so that this appears a natural and logical progression for you. Your interest may derive from your involvement as a practitioner who considers that qualitative methods are the most promising in terms of addressing the questions you wish to ask. Depending on the profession to which you belong you may be following in the footsteps of established qualitative researchers or you may be a pioneer in your particular field. You may simply want to carry ...

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