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Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: A Practical Guide 2ed

by Cath Sullivan and Michael Forrester SAGE Publications Ltd
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Taking students through each aspect of the research process and explaining the unique challenges of using qualitative methods in psychology, this book offers students a map for successfully completing a qualitative psychological research project.

Beginning with ethics and quality, and moving through to literature reviews, methodologies, analysis, and writing up research reports, it is not a theoretical methods book, but a ‘how to’ manual. It folds key skills like research design, technology, and software into each chapter to introduce readers gently but thoroughly to foundational concepts that will support them through each step. With new chapters on thematic and narrative analysis, this new edition also offers a set of digital resources designed to make learning about qualitative methods as easy and interactive as possible.

These resources include:

  • Datasets to practice manipulating data

  • Video recordings and transcripts to build key analysis techniques

  • Video interviews with the editors and contributors to provide expert top tips

Through a pragmatic, practical lens, this book provides the perspective and the tools students need to recognize, collect, interpret, and communicate quality qualitative psychological data. 

Chapter 1: This book and how to use it - Cath Sullivan & Michael Forrester
Part I: Formulating Research Questions
Chapter 2: Theory and method in qualitative research - Cath Sullivan
Chapter 3: Research ethics in qualitative research - Nigel King
Chapter 4: Quality in qualitative research - Nollaig Frost
Chapter 5: Conducting literature reviews - Rachel Shaw
Part II: Conducting Qualitative Research
Chapter 6: Approaches to data collection in qualitative research - Stephen Gibson & Sarah Riley
Chapter 7: The interview in qualitative research - Nigel King & Siobhan Hugh-Jones
Part III: Qualitative Analysis: Practical Examples
Chapter 8: A data set to illustrate different approaches to analysis - Stephen Gibson
Chapter 9: Thematic analysis - Leanne Etheridge & Cath Sullivan
Chapter 10: Interpretative phenomenological analysis - Rachel Shaw
Chapter 11: Narrative Analysis - Nollaig Frost, Deborah Rodriguez & Frauke Elichoaff
Chapter 12: Discourse analysis - Sally Wiggins & Sarah Riley
Chapter 13: Conversation analysis - Michael Forrester
Chapter 14: Grounded theory - Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson
Part IV: Outcomes and results
Chapter 15: Writing your qualitative research report - Colm Crowley

The textbook is useful for those who have started to plan doing qualitative research in psychology. It gives not only guidelines on how to plan and proceed with the project, but also encourages ethical reflection.
Michael A Forrester is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He is the author of The Development of Young Children's Social Cognitive Skills (1992). Dr Cath Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the University of Central Lancashire's School of Psychology and her research interests mainly relate to the social psychology of gender, discourse and social constructionism. Cath has over 10 years' experience of teaching qualitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and since 2005 has been an active member of the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network working group on Teaching Qualitative Research Methods at Undergraduate Level (TQRMUL). Her published articles and book chapters include empirical qualitative papers and pieces about qualitative methodology.