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Qualitative Research for Quantitative Researchers



February 2022 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Approaching qualitative research for the first time and unsure how to get started? This book captures what you need to know to jump into effective qualitative or mixed methods research.

The book gets you up to speed on the specifics of qualitative research, while showing how it complements quantitative research and how to draw on and hone your existing skills to conduct impactful research. It covers the whole research process, from explaining what theories are for and planning your research design, through gathering and working with your data, to developing good practice in research reporting and dissemination.

The book also:
• Showcases the value of qualitative research, helping you understand its relevance, credibility and validity.
• Grapples with how to decolonise your approach, do research in an ethical and inclusive way, and debias your thinking.
• Challenges you to rethink how you conduct research and choose the most appropriate methods for your project.

Giving you a fuller understanding of methods and methodologies to benefit your work regardless of the approach you choose, this book encourages you to discover the joy of qualitative research.
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Chapter 2: Ways of knowing
 
Chapter 3: Thinking with theory
 
Chapter 4: Designing qualitative research
 
Chapter 5: Contextualising qualitative research
 
Chapter 6: Gathering qualitative data: Mainstream methods
 
Chapter 7: Gathering qualitative data: Alternative methods
 
Chapter 8: Qualitative data analysis: Considerations
 
Chapter 9: Types of qualitative analysis
 
Chapter 10: Reporting on qualitative research
 
Chapter 11: Presenting and disseminating research
 
Chapter 12: Conclusion

A clear and comprehensive book explaining the mysteries of qualitative research for those trained in a different paradigm. A must-read for the quantitative researcher who undertakes mixed-method research or occasionally assesses qualitative proposals or papers – or who simply seeks to broaden their research horizons. 

Trisha Greenhalgh
Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

In Qualitative Research for Quantitative Researchers, Helen Kara offers an engaging and accessible ‘way in’ to the world of qualitative research for those more accustomed to working with numbers and big data. Her practical examples help demystify what it is that qualitative researchers actually do, while highlighting the participatory and transformative power of these approaches. A truly welcome and inviting introduction to the science and craft of qualitative research. 

Karen Lloyd
Centre for Population Research in Sexual Health & HIV, Institute for Global Health, University College London

Qualitative Research for Quantitative Researchers by Helen Kara is the book we must read and not just to be familiar with research methods. In 2022, this well written manual is very relevant for new approaches to research evaluations and assessment.

Gabi Lombardo
Director of the European Alliance for SSH

Kara Introduces qualitative research in a pragmatic, creative and cross-border way, giving specific tools to quantitative researchers. Learners are encouraged to innovate and to use the flexibility of the approach, with amazing research cases from around the world that were useful in diverse professional contexts.

Natalia Reinoso Chávez
Intercultural Education Coordinator - Centro de Estudios Médicos and Interculturales Lecturer - Family Medicine and Public Health Department. Universidad de La Sabana

The range of topics and ease of reading make this a great text for my doctoral students as an introduction to qualitative research approaches.

Professor Felicia Mensah
Mathematics/Science/Tech Dept, Teachers College
April 28, 2022

This is an extremely informative book and meets the requirements of the programme

Dr Sue Iris Sparks
School of Health, BPP University (Waterloo Campus)
April 27, 2022

Really clear! The book explains complex concepts in an easily digestible way for UG students. The structure is logical. Would recommend.

Mrs Annamaria Berger-Jones
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University
March 30, 2022

A novel way of looking at mixed methods.

Dr Ashley Yoon Mooi Ng
Education, Nottingham University Ningbo China
January 17, 2022

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