Reviews

Applied Qualitative Research Design: A Total Framework Approach

This book is suffused with the elements of what the authors call the total quality framework – namely credibility, analysability, transparency and usefulness. Each chapter is built around this framework so the important decisions needed throughout the stages of a qualitative research study are covered.

The discussion in each chapter is detailed and includes a focus on the benefits and potential disadvantages of various data collection techniques including in-depth interviews, focus groups, observation and different types of data analysis.

The authors suggest that the text should be read in order and that its structure makes it useful for teachers. It also lends itself to being used in technology-enhanced learning. Good use is made of chapter summaries and discussion topics and worked examples. There is also a detailed glossary of terms. Where appropriate, the advantages and disadvantages of preparing for, collecting and analysing data using technology is explored providing an additional dimension to the text.

I would recommend this book to educators, researchers and postgraduate students who are undertaking qualitative research.

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