Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide

Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide

Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide

Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide

Synopsis

"... well-written and seems to be at a level which would be graspable by most undergraduate and maybe A level students - without neglecting too much the complexities of the use of qualitative techniques... These characteristics coupled with the fact that each of the authors is an expert in using the particular qualitative techniques they discuss, means that the book can be heartily welcomed." Psychology Teaching Review This book is a collaborative production, based on the experiences of the co-authors in presenting a course over many years in Qualitative Methods to MSc students. All the team are members of staff of the Department of Psychology and Speech Pathology at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and have a wealth of experience in teaching and using qualitative methods. This is not an edited book; the authors have drafted particular chapters, but the team has collectively discussed, reworked and rewritten the text to produce a coherent review and guide to the area. This research guide is designed to be an introductory text to qualitative methods, intended for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. As well as furnishing an understanding of the assumptions underlying such research methods, the book is intended to present a practical guide as to how to carry out qualitative investigations, and in addition to provide the basis for a critical evaluation of these methods.

Excerpt

This book is an introductory text to the area of qualitative research, intended for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. Its emphasis is very much on methods within psychology, and it assumes some basic knowledge of the discipline; we thus expect the reader to have a preliminary acquaintance with the approach of psychology and more conventional methods, including some familiarity with the philosophy of psychological research, the research process, research methods and quantitative approaches. Thus the book is not aimed at introductory psychology students, but is a resource for academics and professionals who use psychological methods in their work.

The book is intended to be a main text for those interested in utilizing qualitative research methods. There has been an increasing demand in recent years for this contrasting approach to conventional psychological research, especially from people who are concerned with the application of psychology to real-world problems. This book is a resource text for advanced undergraduate/postgraduate research methods courses, as well as a response to demands from research funding councils for increased taught postgraduate input in this area. Not only do we provide an understanding of the assumptions underlying such research methods, presenting them as both a critique and a complement to quantitative approaches, we also present here a practical guide to how to carry out such research, along with the basis for a critical evaluation of it.

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