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.


This first part aims to introduce the reader to the qualitative research endeavour. It outlines, in Chapter 1, the questions that qualitative research can address and examines its use across a range of disciplines, each of which have put their own ‘stamp’ on the methods they employ. The range of methods employed by qualitative researchers is described, and their usefulness for addressing a variety of questions is discussed. Some broad propositions which underpin most qualitative research projects are presented and, in keeping with the desire to locate qualitative research firmly within the ‘real world’ its relationship with policy and practice issues and concerns is also discussed.

Chapter 2 acknowledges that there is no one definitive qualitative tradition and seeks to introduce the various traditions ...

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