Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches

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SAGE Publications, Mar 14, 2012 - Social Science - 448 pages
In this Third Edition of his bestselling text John W. Creswell explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. In his signature accessible writing style, the author relates research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry. He compares theoretical frameworks, ways to employ standards of quality, and strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative, and verifying results.

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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks
Chapter 3 Designing a Qualitative Study
Chapter 4 Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry
Chapter 5 Five Different Qualitative Studies
Chapter 6 Introducing and Focusing the Study
Chapter 7 Data Collection
Chapter 8 Data Analysis and Representation
An Annotated Glossary of Terms
A Narrative Research StudyLiving in the Space Between Participant and Researcher as a Narrative Inquirer Examining Ethnic Identity of Chinese Can...
A Phenomenological StudyCognitive Representations of AIDS
A Grounded Theory StudyDeveloping LongTerm Physical Activity Participation A Grounded Theory Study With African American Women
An EthnographyRethinking Subcultural Resistance Core Values of the Straight Edge Movement
A Case StudyCampus Response to a Student Gunman

Chapter 9 Writing a Qualitative Study
Chapter 10 Standards of Validation and Evaluation
Chapter 11 Turning the Story and Conclusion

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John W. Creswell, PhD, is a professor of family medicine and codirector of the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous articles and 28 books on mixed methods research, qualitative research, and research design. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he held the Clifton Endowed Professor Chair, served as director of a mixed methods research office, founded SAGE’s Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and was an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the Veterans Administration health services research center. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2008 and to Thailand in 2012. In 2011, he co-led a national working group on mixed methods practices at the National Institutes of Health, served as a visiting professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2014, he was the president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. In 2015, he joined the staff of family medicine at the University of Michigan. John has been teaching research methods courses for the past 40 years. Visit him at his website: johnwcreswell.com.

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