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Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation

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Praise for the Third Edition of Qualitative Research "Sharan B. Merriam synthesizes twenty years of developments in qualitative research with clarity and acumen."
?Michael Quinn Patton, author, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods

"Here is a qualitative research methods book that reinforces the connection between professional experience and qualitative inquiry."
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Jossey-Bass
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Lyndsey
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, readable, and even fairly engaging introduction and guide to qualitative research.
Ánderson
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice introductory book on Qualitative research. As a wannabe-thesis writer, this book proved useful and enriching to me.

PROS: Clearly written, this book does not assume that you know it all; rather, it takes a very introductory approach so that as long as you read it from the beginning there will be little you will have to research in other sources.

CONS: Maybe because of its introductory approach, there are several topics that will definitely require additional sources. Document Analysis techni
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Ohud Saud
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book in qualitative research, you will learn how to collect your data and analyze it.
As a researcher, you can start with it but there're many other options so you should pick what fits you.
Jules
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear and direct textbook.
I picked this up to clarify my assumptions before taking a course on Action Based Research. This was helpful in helping me to further my understanding and vocabulary of qualitative research.
Tessa
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read list for qualitative research.
Kit Yung Tan
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic textbook for a qualitative research novice! Comprehensive, easy to read, and peppered with good resources.
It can get repetitive at times, but that can be solved with skimming anyway.
L.C.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Painful. Poorly written with little to offer to other than introductory students.
Kelly
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it-paper, school
Essential for planning research, a clear and concise text that breaks it down and explains the nuances.
Shirin
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PHD level student pursuing qualitative method of study
Recommended to Shirin by: Prof A
Really liked this book for its academic values.
This was a recommended reading by Prof A, and I am glad that it is one of those things that she recommends that I have pursued. As a part time PHD student, I need to be choosy about what I read as time would best be used to review literature.

For those pursuing the qualitative path, the prospects can look bleak because it is a relatively new method and might not have much references. In this one book Dr Merriam explained all that a student needs to k
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Sahizer
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çeviride bazı sıkıntılar olsa da kitabın tavsiyeleri faydalı ve araştırmacılara empatik bir bakış açısı sergiliyor.
Bir yandan da düşünmeden edemedim:
Pattern desen demek.
Design dizayn demek. Çeviride bir sıkıntı olmalı.
Desen ve dizayn aynı anlamda kullanılmış ama aynı manadaki kelimeler değiller bunlar kesinlikle. Daha güzel bir çeviri ile daha faydalı olabilir bu kitap!

Brenna
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and easy to understand resource on how to conduct qualitative research. Merriam walks the reader through each part of the process step by step and provides many concrete examples from different fields so that the reader can see their own future research starting to take shape.
Lisa
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dissertation
As an introduction to qualitative research, this book helped me understand some foundational elements. I do wish it would have provided more concrete examples so that I could more easily apply it directly to my own research.
Erin McDonnell-Jones
An easy read for any introductory student to qualitative research. Most useful was the last chapter that discussed the methodologies chapter of a dissertation. Overall, it was very quick, very easy, almost too easy, but quite simple enough to cite validation for a qualitative study.
Courtney
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is very helpful for beginning researchers because it's meant simply to provide an overview. For researchers needing more indepth information in case study, they probably want to check out Yin (2009). Another good compliment text to this one is Punch's (2005) Intro to Social Research.
Nadine K
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on the steps to conducting qualitative research. What an amazing resource!
Sandee
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
It was informative...
Kyrstin
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
So. Repetitive. Good information but unnecessary repetition of the same information over and over in each chapter.
Joe
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
For a research handbook, this reads surprisingly easily. It's a great reference that has helped with shaping my dissertation proposal.
Bobbie
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: grad-school
Not exactly the most exciting book...at all...but it did offer a lot of good advice for my action research paper.
Mike
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, research
Excellent overview of qualitative research methods. Ver readable.
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