Qualitative inquiry and research design : choosing among five approaches (2nd edn.) / John W. Creswell

| June 28, 2011

Title: Qualitative inquiry and research design : choosing among five approaches (2nd edition)
Author: John W. Creswell
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2007
Call number: H61 .C73 2007

From the publisher:

Like the bestselling First Edition, this new version explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry approaches: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. Using an accessible and engaging writing style, author John W. Creswell compares theoretical frameworks, ways to employ standards of quality, and strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative, and verifying results.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Brings the philosophical and theoretical orientations to the beginning of the book: This grounds students in the foundational thinking behind these methods much earlier.
  • Gives broader coverage of narrative research: One of the original five approaches is expanded from “Biography” to “Narrative,” thus exploring a wider range of narrative opportunities, biography still being one of them.
  • Offers a much deeper discussion of interpretive approaches: There is much more emphasis on interpretive and postmodern perspectives such as feminism and critical theory.
  • Provides more specific steps for doing research within each approach: The actual procedure for each approach is discussed and includes the sub-types of qualitative research within each of the five approaches.
  • Illustrates phenomenology and ethnography: Two new, recent sample journal articles: one covering a phenomenological study; the other on an ethnographic study are included.
  • Includes additional examples: More examples from the human services add to the robust examples in education, sociology, and psychology already present in the text.

Innovative Instructor’s Resource CD:
An accompanying Instructor’s Resource CD contains many useful resources including PowerPoint slides, syllabi, checklists, exercises, annotated references to SAGE journal articles, and relevant Web links.

Intended Audience: This is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory qualitative research methods across the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.

About the author: John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Teachers College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He is affiliated with a graduate program in educational psychology that specializes in quantitative and qualitative methods in education.  In this program, he specializes in qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods, multimethod research, and faculty and academic leadership issues in colleges and universities.

Affiliations: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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