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An Introduction to Qualitative Research

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Qualitative research is rapidly becoming an established research paradigm, particularly in the fields of psychology and the social sciences. However, few textbooks on the subject would be described by students as being easily readable, and, as a result, research itself is often associated with boredom and frustration. For this reason, students require access to sensibly written texts which do not rely on a heavy academic style.

This book begins by examining the relevance of qualitative research and the drawbacks of quantitative methods, before going on the explore the historical aspects of qualitative research. Although the latter section is based around developments in Germany and the United States, it nevertheless gives the reader an insight into where the method has originated.

The remainder of the text examines how to ‘do’ qualitative research: from exploring theories, through setting research questions and finally how to

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