Introducing Qualitative Research is an ideal starter text for those new to the field, providing thorough coverage of all the core areas of qualitative research practice. Rose Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter comes with a range of exercises and with excerpts of genuine qualitative data that help the reader get a good feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data. Barbour's hands-on explanatory style used throughout makes this the ideal textbook for students of qualitative methods courses in any social science discipline, and for students or novice researchers doing research projects using qualitative approaches.
Section 2: Generating Data
This text follows Jennifer Mason (1996) in making a distinction between ‘collecting’ and ‘generating’ qualitative data. The idea of ‘generating’ data takes account of the active role played by the observer, interviewer or focus group moderator in producing data through interacting with respondents. The ...