Request Inspection Copy

If you are an Academic or Teacher and wish to consider this book as a prescribed textbook for your course, you may be eligible for a complimentary inspection copy. Please complete this form, including information about your position, campus and course, before adding to cart.

* Required Fields

To complete your Inspection Copy Request you will need to click the Checkout button in the right margin and complete the checkout formalities. You can include Inspection Copies and purchased items in the same shopping cart, see our Inspection Copy terms for further information.

Any Questions? Please email our text Support Team on


Email this to a friend

* ALL required Fields

Order Inspection Copy

An inspection copy has been added to your shopping cart

Introducing Qualitative Research: A Student's Guide 2ed

by Rosaline Barbour SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
Pbk 392 pages
AU$94.00 NZ$97.39

SAGE Student Price: AU$84.00

Product Status: In Stock Now
add to your cart
& Academics:
Available as eBook
AU$75.00 | NZ$85.13

Other Available Formats:

Introducing Qualitative Research is an ideal starter text for those new to the field, providing thorough coverage of all the core areas of qualitative research practice.

Rose Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

The second edition includes:

- New examples from a range of social science disciplines, making this the ideal book no matter what course you're studying

- More on unobtrusive methods of data collection, such as documentary analysis

- More on internet research methods, mixed methods and visual methods

- A new section on using software in qualitative research

- A brand new companion website full of additional lecturer and student resources

Barbour's engaging style and clear explanations make this an ideal textbook for students of qualitative methods courses in any social science discipline, and for students or novice researchers doing qualitative research projects.

The Scope and Contribution of Qualitative Research
Qualitative Traditions: Epistemology and Ontology
Research Design
Focus Groups
Other Sources of Qualitative Data
Mixing Methods
Action Research
Analysis: Processing, Coding, and Interrogating Data
Theorizing in Qualitative Analysis
Presenting and Writing-up Qualitative Research

'In this second edition, Rose Barbour guides the reader through the qualitative research journey, in what is arguably one of the most comprehensive guides available...She simultaneously demystifies qualitative research whilst reiterating the expertise and skill which qualitative researchers must possess. For anyone who undertakes qualitative research – postgraduate students in particular – this book would be an indispensible addition to the bookshelf.'

Rosaline Barbour - Open University, UK

Current research spans both of the School’s programmes and includes work with colleagues in Dundee and Bristol on developing an intervention for weight loss part partum and understanding the reasons for suboptimal uptake of folic acid. A personal programme of work is concerned with the sociology of recovery and involves research into young adult cancer patients’ concerns about future fertility (with colleagues from Aberdeen), reintegration after stroke, and the long-term outcomes for women who have experienced post partum psychosis (with colleagues at St.Andrews).

Her research career has covered a wide variety of topics located at the intersection of the clinical and the social - e.g. HIV/AIDS; reproductive health and fertility; psychosocial health; and obesity. Rose’s theoretical interests centre around the links between identity and agency, and implications for health promotion and clinical practice. Rose has a particular interest in rigour in qualitative research and has published widely on this topic in a range of academic journals. Reflecting her conviction that qualitative research is a craft skill, Rose has developed an innovative series of ‘hands-on’ qualitative methods workshops. She has been invited to present these workshops throughout the UK, in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, France, the US and Canada. She co-edited Developing Focus Group Research: Politics, Theory and Practice (Sage, 1999). Her most recent books - Introducing Qualitative Research: A Student Guide to the Craft of Doing Qualitative Research (Sage, 2008) and Doing Focus Groups (Sage, 2008) - bring together and share the expertise she has developed through running workshops for a variety of audiences over the past 15 years.