Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology

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9780132068741: Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology

This comprehensive introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology offers step by step practical advice and guidance on a range of important topics in this field.  The qualitative researcher must learn how to collate data effectively in order to understand behaviour in a natural setting, how to understand an experience from the perspective of the research participant and also how to understand the meanings people give to their experience. Illustrative research studies throughout this book provide a picture of how different methods have been used to answer real research questions.  Key concepts outline important terms and ideas; each chapter adopts a common structure to explain what each method encompasses, how to use it, and when to use it.  Every chapter ends with recommended resources for further study including books, journal articles, and web pages as appropriate.  Chapter overview and summaries provide a useful framework to help guide study and revision.  The book is supported by a fantastic companion website www.pearsoned.co.uk/Howitt featuring a range of great resources to help students consolidate their understanding of qualitative methods.

Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology will equip the researcher with the ability and knowledge to collate and analyse data, whilst taking into account ethical considerations, to enable them to write up their qualitative research report.

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"This text is engaging, practical and balanced. Howitt draws the reader in by highlighting key figures in the evolution of qualitative research...

Howitt grounds his text in important historical detail and conceptual foundational material; however, unlike some qualitative reading, it is not dense or jargon-heavy. This is supported by the book's structure; for example, each chapter includes an overview at the start and glossaries, key points and links to resources at the end, highlighted in blue text boxes to aid searching... The companion website is very useful, offering multiple-choice questions and flashcards for revision, which should prove popular with students.

Comprehensive, clear and easy to navigate, with a valuable companion website. This is a welcome addition to the growing body of work on qualitative psychology and is valuable for experienced researchers who want to broaden their knowledge base, as well as for novices."

- Reviewed in Times Higher Education

 

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The  most scholarly volume on qualitative methods I have encountered … rigorously researched, fascinatingly presented, and – most importantly - critically evaluated.’

Dr Tom Farsides, University of Sussex

 

 

 

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 “A comprehensive and practical guide to qualitative methods for the novice researcher. Accessible and packed with detailed practical advice, it is the must-have text for Psychology students studying or using qualitative research methods."

Dr Sonja J. Ellis, Sheffield Hallam University

 

'Howitt writes with authority, skill and clarity on the key methods of qualitative data collection and analysis... this is an accomplished, comprehensive and animated textbook which I would not hesitate to recommend to students.'

Professor Brendan Gough, Nottingham Trent University

 

 

 

This new book provides a comprehensive, clear, and practical introduction to Qualitative Methods in Psychology with coverage spanning from data collection and analysis to quality, ethics and writing up a qualitative research report. 

 

The theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of qualitative methodologies and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods are outlined to provide a clear framework for the text.  After this, each chapter adopts a common structure to explain what each method encompasses, how to use it, and when to use it.  Illustrative examples of research studies and advice boxes are provided throughout to help students develop a deep and practical understanding.

 

Key features include

 

·        Chapter overview and summaries provide a useful framework to help guide study and revision

·        Illustrative research studies provide a picture of how the different methods have been used to answer real research questions 

·        Key concepts outline important terms and ideas

·        Step by step practical advice offers guidance on a range of important questions

·        Each chapter ends with recommended resources for further study including books, journal articles, and web pages as appropriate

·        A comprehensive glossary provides help with key terms

 

 

 

Go to www.pearsoned.co.uk/Howitt to find the book’s companion website, featuring a range of great resources to help students consolidate their understanding of qualitative methods.

 

 

 

“Provides down-to-earth advice and balanced discussion of different methods. The insights on when the researcher should use a given analytic framework are especially useful.'

Dr Peter Musaeus, Aarhus University

 

 

"...a well-written and informative book that will make it easier to grasp the fundamentals of qualitative methods in psychology."

Dr Anita G™rling, LuleΣ University of Technology

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