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Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation

ISBN: 978-0-470-28354-7
320 pages
April 2009, ©2009, Jossey-Bass
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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."
Robert Stake, author, The Art of Case Study Research and Multiple Case Study Analysis

"In this new edition, Sharan Merriam once again presents the world of qualitative research in language engaging and accessible?for new and experienced readers alike. If you can have only one book about qualitative research, this is it!"
Patricia M. Reeves, associate professor, School of Social Work, University of Georgia

"Mystified by qualitative research? You couldn't ask for a better guide than Sharan Merriam, who introduces you to the fundamental concepts of this research method, explains its complex forms, and then shows you exactly how to do a high-quality qualitative study."
M. Carolyn Clark, coeditor, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

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Preface vii

The Author xv

PART ONE: THE DESIGN OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 1

1 What is Qualitative Research? 3

2 Types of Qualitative Research 21

3 Qualitative Case Study Research 39

4 Designing Your Study and Selecting a Sample 55

PART TWO: COLLECTING QUALITATIVE DATA 85

5 Conducting Effective Interviews 87

6 Being a Careful Observer 117

7 Mining Data from Documents 139

PART THREE: ANALYZING AND REPORTING QUALITATIVE DATA 165

8 Qualitative Data Analysis 169

9 Dealing with Validity, Reliability, and Ethics 209

10 Writing Qualitative Research Reports 237

Appendix: The Methodology Section of a Qualitative Research Study 265

References 271

Name Index 287

Subject Index 293

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Sharan B. Merriam is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Learning in Adulthood, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, and Third Update on Adult Learning Theory (New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education).

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