Pub. Date:
SAGE Publications
Doing Qualitative Research / Edition 5

Doing Qualitative Research / Edition 5

by David Silverman
Current price is , Original price is $58.0. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.

1 New & Used Starting at $116.00


Accessible, practical, and featuring indispensable advice, this best-selling textbook is the perfect hands-on guide for those embarking on their own research. With expert advice from the author and real-life experiences from students, this book shows readers how to go from the ideas of research to the practicalities of designing, conducting, and writing about research.

Packed with tips for success from author David Silverman and dynamic digital resources, this book secures its place as the "take this everywhere" textbook that supports readers both in the classroom and in the field, providing access via tablet/phone/laptop for easy access to:

  • A ready-made bibliography of qualitative research contained in SAGE journal articles curated by the author, to enrich reading and offer top research articles to cite
  • Definitions to explain key concepts and methods to deepen understanding of what is discussed in the text
  • David's quick, practical video tips and instructional guidance for when students are in the field (or preparing to go into it). David steps in as an instant supervisor to give encouragement and avoid common pitfalls
  • An abundance of online resources and web links chosen by the author offering expert guidance on how to do research and do it better. These include research websites and resources as well as insider guides from trusted experts, links to organizations/software, and online text/articles
  • Datasets providing readers with research data on which to practice organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions
  • "Cheat sheets" and reflective trackers readers can use to monitor their progress and plan and manage projects

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473966994
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/26/2018
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 862,462
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a Ph D on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970.

Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997).

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful Ph D students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. David regularly runs qualitative research workshops for five universities in Sydney and Brisbane. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Since 2000, he has done voluntary work with people with dementia. resident in an old people’s home

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction
Chapter 1: How To Use This Book
Chapter 2: What You Can (and Can’t) Do with Qualitative Research
Why Do Researchers Use Qualitative Methods?
Are Qualitative Methods Always Appropriate?
Should You Use Qualitative Methods?
Chapter 3: Focusing a Research Project
Moira’s Research Diary
Sally’s Research Diary
Simon’s Research Diary
Part Two: Starting Out and Project Foundations
Chapter 4: Ethical Research
The Standards of Ethical Research
Why Ethics Matter for Your Research
Ethical Guidelines in Practice
Complex Ethical Issues
Research Governance
Managing Unfolding Ethical Demands
Chapter 5: What Counts as ‘Originality’?
Being a Professional
Independent Critical Thought
Chapter 6: Research Design
The Internet
Audio Data
Visual Data
Mixed Methods
Chapter 7: Using Theories
How Theoretical Models Shape Research
The Different Languages of Qualitative Research
Theories, Models and Hypotheses
Chapter 8: Formulating a Research Question
Some Cautions
Chapter 9: Choosing a Methodology
Qualitative or Quantitative?
Your Research Strategy
Choosing a Methodology: a Case Study
Naturally Occurring Data?
Mixed Methods?
Chapter 10: Writing a Research Proposal
Aim for Crystal Clarity
Plan Before You Write
Be Persuasive
Be Practical
Make Broader Links
A Caution: Misunderstanding Qualitative Research?
Part Three: Getting Support
Making Good Use of Your Supervisor
Supervision Horror Stories
Student and Supervisor Expectations
The Early Stages
The Later Stages
Standards of Good Practice
Chapter 12: Getting Feedback
The Art of Presenting Research
Feedback from the People You Study
Part Four: Collecting and Analysing Data
Chapter 13: How many cases do you need?
What is a case study?
The Quantitative Model of Generalization
The Rationale of Case Study Design
Case study Research in Practice
Chapter 14: Collecting Your Data
Collecting Interview Data
Collecting Focus Group Data
Collecting Ethnographic Data
Collecting Internet Data
Chapter 15: Developing Data Analysis
Kick-Starting Data Analysis
A Case Study
Visual Data
Chapter 16: Using Computers to Analyse Qualitative Data
A note on learning to use QDA software
What QDA software can do for you
Advantages of QDA software
Text analytics
Chapter 17: Quality in Qualitative Research
Chapter 18: Evaluating Qualitative Research
Two Guides for Evaluating Research
Four Quality Criteria
Applying Quality Criteria
Four Quality Issues Revisited
Chapter 19: Effective Qualitative Research
Keep It Simple
Do Not Assume That We Are Only Concerned with Subjective Experience
Take Advantage of Using Qualitative Data
Avoid Drowning in Data
Avoid Journalism
Part Five: Writing Up Your Research
Chapter 20: Audiences
The Policy-Making Audience
The Practitioner Audience
The Lay Audience
Chapter 21: The First Few Pages
The Title
The Abstract
The Table of Contents
Chapter 22: The Literature Review Chapter
Recording Your Reading
Writing your Literature Review
Practical Questions
Do You Need a Literature Review Chapter?
Chapter 23: The Methodology Chapter
What Should the Methodology Chapter Contain?
A Natural History Chapter?
Chapter 24: The Data Chapters
The Macrostructure
The Microstructure
Tightening Up
Chapter 25: The Concluding Chapter
The Concluding Chapter as Mutual Stimulation
What Exactly Should Your Concluding Chapter Contain?
Confessions and Trumpets
Theorizing as Thinking Through Data
Writing for Audiences
Why Your Concluding Chapter can be Fun
Part Six: The Aftermath
Chapter 26: Surviving an Oral Examination
Viva Horror Stories
Preparing for Your Oral
Doing the Oral
Revising Your Thesis after the Oral
A Case Study
Chapter 27: Getting Published
The Backstage Politics of Publishing
Strategic Choices
What Journals are Looking For
Reviewers’ Comments
How to Write a Short Journal Article

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews