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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches [Kindle Edition]

John W. Creswell
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In this Third Edition of his bestselling text John W. Creswell explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. In his signature accessible writing style, the author relates research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry. He 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.

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“This text provides a wonderful introduction, using accessible language, to theories and practices related to the design and conduct of qualitative inquiry. Moreover, it remains a good first resource for students who want to pursue qualitative inquiry; that is, they can return to this text to review fundamental concepts and to find references to other resources about specific topics, approaches, and strategies.” (Carey E. Andrzejewski 2011-10-28)

“Students find Creswell’s books very “user friendly”. They like his writing style, clear ideas, and simple enough language. At the same time, the book presents in-depth information, but because this information is stated in clear simple terms, it makes it easier for the students to comprehend it without difficulty.” (Nataliya V. Ivankova 2011-10-28)

“A very welcome addition to doctoral courses and bookshelves!” (Jeannine E. Klein 2011-10-28)

"I've never found one I like better!" (Trudy Salsberry)

"Clean and comprehensive. Easy for students to follow." (David R. Osborn)

About the Author

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design in 26 books (including new editions). He held the Clifton Institute Endowed Professor Chair for five years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For the last five years, Dr. Creswell served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served as the founding Co-Editor for the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and worked as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. He also worked extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the Veterans Administration.  Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2008 and to Thailand in 2012. In 2011 he served as a co-leader of a national working group at NIH developing “best practices” for mixed methods research in the health sciences. In spring 2013, Dr. Creswell was a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  Recently, he has been elected President of the Mixed Methods International Research Association for 2014-2015.  He has also assumed the role of the Director of the College of Education and Human Sciences Mixed Methods Training Academy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His newest book, “A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research” was published by SAGE Publications in April 2014.  


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of research methods March 22, 2013
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This book provides an excellent overview of the qualitative research methods. I especially love all of the tables for each chapter that compare each method. Creswell does a wonderful job of succinctly presenting each method in a logical format. I have learned so much from this book and I'm happy I got it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No page numbers inside the book May 4, 2014
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I bought this for use in a graduate class with assigned readings every week. There were no page numbers included inside the book, making it impossible to figure out which sections were assigned by the professor. Recommend getting it in paper instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Outstanding examples February 18, 2013
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Excellent book with very thorogh examples of the 5 kinds of qualitative inquiry. Cresswell is considered an anthority in this field and his latest edition will hold his place among the PhD programs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource December 7, 2012
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The use of charts to create an alternative visual to the narrative of the text is extremely helpful if you tend to respond to such visualizations. The discussion of each of five approaches is thorough. I do wonder, however, why the focus on/limitation to five approaches when learninAg about others seems just as valid a pursuit. For example, I'm curious about Applied Action research but no mention of that is made in this text. I've not examined Creswell's other books on qualitative research, so it is possible that he has written on other research approaches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very user friendly and illuminating January 2, 2014
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Before I read this book I was struggling with structuring the research methodology part of my dissertation for a post graduate degree. I found the book exceptionally well written in a clear and flowing manner unlike many books on this subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Information is good, Paperback is hard to take notes in September 18, 2013
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This book contains great information. They are many tables that make the information accessible and easily understood. However, it is hard to highlight and take notes in the book because of its paperback binding and smaller margins (doesn't stay open on its one, not as much space). As a grad students this is a bit of a downer because it does take me longer to notate the way I normally do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good July 5, 2013
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Creswell does a nice job of presenting the different qualitative approaches in a fairly straight forward manner. But this is more of an introduction. If you are actually going to a do a study you will need to dip into the harder stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly April 9, 2013
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As an educational resource John Creswell is one of the leading authorities on research design. His books are easy to follow and very helpful.
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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.


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