Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology
A Practical Guide
- Cath Sullivan - University of Central Lancashire, UK
- Michael A Forrester - University of Kent, UK
Qualitative Research (General) | Research Methods in Psychology
Clear, concise and accessible, this ‘how to’ manual folds key skills like research design and using technology and software into each chapter. This second edition offers:
- A thorough introduction to foundational concepts that support you through each step of the research process
- New chapters on thematic and narrative analysis
- A set of digital resources designed to make learning about qualitative methods as easy and interactive as possible, including video recordings and transcripts to build key analysis techniques
Through a pragmatic, practical lens, this book provides the perspective and the tools you need to recognize, collect, interpret, and communicate quality qualitative psychological data.
Michael A. Forrester is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Cath Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.
- Datasets give students the opportunity to put theory into practice and supports their learning with audio and transcripts of five real interviews.
- Interview guide offers information on how to understand and interpret the datasets.
- Videos strengthen student's understanding with tips and tutorials on key concepts.
- Weblinks direct students to helpful resources to broaden their understanding of the topics and enhance the learning experience.
I think I'd advise students to look to this book for the section on research questions, ethics, quality and lit reviews (this last particularly important for our students). I think the final chapter (research report) has some helpful guidance too.
I LOVE this book. It is clear and practical, with everything that an undergraduate psychology student might need to undertake their own qualitative research project. I particularly like the way that a single data set is used to explore different approaches to data analysis, and the last chapter on qualitative report writing is a very valuable addition. I wish that I had had this when I was a student.
This is a really accessible and practical guide to doing qualitative research. The addition of a set of online resources that compliment this book add an excellent practical example of how qualitative work is conducted and analysed. Any Psychology student requiring guidance in how to conduct qualitative work would be well advised to start with this book.