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.

The Scope and Contribution of Qualitative Research


  • This chapter illustrates the range of questions that qualitative research can answer.
  • It examines the role of the researcher and her/his dispositions in shaping the questions asked and the approach followed.
  • It outlines the range of methods used by qualitative researchers and enables the reader to match particular methods with specific research questions.
  • It provides an overview of the potential and challenges involved in more recent developments, including online and visual methods.
  • It highlights several broad propositions that appear to be accepted by all qualitative approaches and which render it distinctive.
  • It shows how qualitative research has been shaped by the disciplines and professional groups that have espoused it.
  • It looks at how qualitative research is positioned in relation to policy, practice and ...
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