ABSTRACT

Qualitative research has seen a surge of growth during the past decade. This is in large part because positivist approaches have not yielded the kinds of results that had been anticipated, and more researchers are seeking alternative perspectives to understand phenomena. The number of researchers using qualitative approaches continues to grow, yet there are few up-to-date guides to assist thinking broadly about qualitative research as a field of inquiry.

Over the decades the range of approaches has increased, which has led to an even greater lack of certainty about how to think about doing qualitative research. In considering key issues while offering practical guidance on how to work within the face of uncertainty, this book will be a valuable resource to this next generation of researchers.

New Approaches to Qualitative Research offers:

  • a clear understanding of the range of issues related to researcher stance, the way that researchers position themselves in relation to their subjects, their participants, and their own belief systems, and the way in which they locate themselves across the qualitative paradigm
  • an overview of some of the most cutting-edge qualitative techniques in use today: from the exploration of visual texts to the concept of inquiry to synthesis methods, this section lays out the state of the art in methodology
  • specific information regarding processes of data analysis, synthesis and interpretation that are employed in these various approaches.

In this book, the authors take the stance that qualitative research is a broad approach that encompasses and even encourages difference and uncertainty, and here at last they provide a route-map to this uncertain but fruitful line of inquiry. This vital text is ideal for professional researchers and postgraduates in a range of subject areas.

chapter 1|6 pages

Introduction: The uncertainty of wisdom

ByMAGGI SAVIN-BADEN AND CLAIRE HOWELL MAJOR

part |2 pages

PART I Stances

chapter 2|10 pages

Positioning positionality: the refl exive turn

ByGLYNIS COUSIN

chapter 3|9 pages

Values and virtues in qualitative research

ByBRUCE MACFARLANE

chapter 4|9 pages

Relocating truths in the qualitative research paradigm

ByLANA VAN NIEKERK AND MAGGI SAVIN-BADEN

chapter 6|10 pages

Taking a stance: Socially responsible ethics and informed consent

ByMADELEINE DUNCAN, RUTH WATSON

part |2 pages

Part II Methodologies and methods

chapter 7|9 pages

Writing ethnodrama: A sampler from educational research

ByJOHNNY SALDAÑA

chapter 8|10 pages

Narrative theory and the construction of qualitative texts

ByJULIA COLYAR, KARRI HOLLEY

chapter 9|9 pages

Multimodality, visual methodologies and higher education

ByLESLEY GOURLAY

chapter 11|8 pages

Deliberative inquiry

ByHEATHER KANUKA

chapter 12|11 pages

Qualitative research synthesis: The scholarship of integration in practice

ByCLAIRE HOWELL MAJOR AND MAGGI SAVIN-BADEN

part |2 pages

PART III Places and spaces

chapter 15|9 pages

The politics of space in qualitative research

ByAARON M. KUNTZ

chapter 16|8 pages

Urban ethnography: Approaches, perspectives and challenges

ByKRISTAN M. VENEGAS, ADRIAN H. HUERTA

chapter 17|10 pages

Researching in immersive spaces

ByMAGGI SAVIN-BADEN, LESLEY GOURLAY AND CATHY TOMBS