Qualitative Journeys: Student and Mentor Experiences with Research takes a fresh approach to teaching qualitative research. Authors Victor Minichiello and Jeffrey Kottler share stories of student qualitative research experiences that reveal the struggles, the joys, the discoveries, and the surprises that take place during the qualitative research journey. By studying examples of student research (including obstacles and how they were overcome), readers learn through the real-life experiences of other students. Throughout the textbook, the authors offer pragmatic guidance for what works and what does not work, along with suggested solutions.

Features and Benefits

Provides the nuts and bolts of qualitative research in Part I; Includes a dozen ‘qualitative journeys,’ narratives that tell the story of research studies, how they evolved, what was involved, and how they were conceived and conducted; Focuses on research from the perspective of student experiences and demonstrates the partnership between students and their mentors; Includes domestic and international examples of qualitative studies and real-life stories that convey the excitement and meaning of research; Considers the lessons learned and the main themes derived from all the qualitative journeys

Qualitative Journeys: Student and Mentor Experiences with Research is appropriate for use as a supplement or core text for courses in Qualitative Research, Counseling Research Methods, or Social Work Research Methods.

Lessons from my First Focus Group Project

Lessons from my First Focus Group Project


“It really doesn't matter how well you are capable of doing a job if you can't convince the employer to hire you in the first place.” These words were spoken by my (Sue's) 18-year-old niece, Rosie. Along with three of her friends, we were chatting over lunch at a local McDonald's about the difficulties and frustration ...

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