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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches (ISE) 4ed

by John Creswell and Cheryl N Poth SAGE Publications, Inc
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In this Fourth Edition of the bestselling Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design (popularly known as the "five approaches book") John W. Creswell and new co-author Cheryl-Anne Poth explore the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study, putting them side by side, so that we can see the differences. In an accessible writing style, the authors relate research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry.


They compare 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 in this edition are updated materials on each tradition; more on interpretive frameworks and on ethics, more visual depictions of the five approaches; and two new topical articles used in Chapter 5 and reproduced in full in the appendices.

Philosophical Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks
Designing a Qualitative Study
Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry
Five Different Qualitative Studies
Introducing and Focusing the Study
Data Collection
Data Analysis and Representation
Writing a Qualitative Study
Standards of Validation and Evaluation
“Turning the Storya and Conclusion

“An excellent, detailed and clear guide for anyone seeking further knowledge about qualitative inquiry.”
John Creswell is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches courses and writes about research design, qualitative methodology, and mixed methods research. He has been at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 30 years and has authored or co-authored 19 books adressing research methods and methodologies, including the bestselling text Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, Third Edition (SAGE, 2009). He founded the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus that provides campus support for scholars incorporating qualitative and mixed methods research into projects for extramural funding. He has also held the Clifton Research Endowed Chair at Nebraska. He served as the founding and Co-Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the Veterans Affairs Health Science Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was selected to be a Senior Fulbright Scholar and visited South Africa in October, 2008, bringing mixed methods concepts to universities and studying documentaries about AIDS victims and families. In February 2012 he will visit Thailand as a Senior Fulbright Scholar on mixed methods. John Creswell play the piano, writes short stories, and actively engages in sports.

Cheryl  N Poth has been a faculty member of the Centre for Research and Applied Measurement and Evaluation within the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta since 2008. In this role, she has developed and taught graduate-level research methods and program evaluation courses in addition to supervising and mentoring students, faculty, and community members in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. Dr. Poth has an adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and serves as the methodologist on several cross-disciplinary research teams. She has been principal investigator for projects and grants funded federally (e.g., Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada), provincially (e.g., Alberta Education and Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies), and locally (e.g., University of Alberta and School Boards). She has authored over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and served as guest co-editor of two special issues of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. In addition to more than 100 conference and 25 workshop presentations, she served as co-chair of the 2013 Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference (AQM). She has led research methods workshops with diverse audiences; for example, at the International Institute of Qualitative Methods’ Thinking Qualitatively Series. She is a current editorial board member of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. In 2013, she was recognized with the Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in teaching.