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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among Five Approaches Paperback – December 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1412916073 ISBN-10: 1412916070 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2nd edition (December 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412916070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412916073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Creswell does an excellent job categorizing the various qualitative methods into five approaches: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study...The author has expanded on and updated the information he presented in the first edition of the book (Creswell, 1998), including discussion of the various schools of thought that have developed among qualitative researchers since the mid 1990's...Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing among five approaches is a highly informative book; researchers will likely return again and against to the book as they expand their comfort zone within qualitative research." 

                                                                                —Peggy M. Delmas, University of Alabama (Peggy M. Delmas National ACademic ADvising Association 2007-12-07)

"This introductory research text [...] covers five approaches to qualitative research and compares them side-by-side. [This book] covers the basics in qualitative research; content which can easily be adapted to suit the needs of budding applied linguistics researchers [as well]." (Gary Barkhuizen New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics 2009-03-13)

About the Author

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches courses on mixed methods research, qualitative inquiry, and general research design. In these three areas, he has authored numerous scholarly journal articles, book chapters and books. He is currently working on his 22nd book (including new editions), and his books are translated into many languages around the world. At Nebraska he founded the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research and has held the Clifton Endowed Chair. He also co-founded the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and has been a popular speaker on mixed methods and qualitative research in the US and abroad. As an applied research methodologist, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and as a consultant for the VA health services research unit in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a methodologist, he helped to design the methods for a number of successful NIH and NSF projects. He has been a Senior Fulbright Specialist scholar to both South Africa (2008) and Thailand (2012) lecturing on qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research. Recently, he served as a co-leader of a national working group developing “best practices” for mixed methods research at the National Institutes of Health in the US. Visit him at his Web site: johnwcreswell.com.

More 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.

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I recommend this book to all doctoral students and researchers who need to brush up on qualitative techniques.
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This book is helpful in explaining the different approaches to qualitative methods.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. McGaughey on November 4, 2007
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Creswell is truly an expert on qualitative inquiry, evidenced by his ability to break down the information into concepts that are easy to digest. I am beginning to draft the research proposal for my dissertation (PhD in Psychology), and this book has been a tremendous help in selecting the methodology that best fits my research problem. If you are just beginning your dissertation or if you need scientific guidelines to stay on track, this book is well worth the reasonable price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcelino Rivera on February 18, 2009
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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches
I was looking for a book that can teach me to develop a qualitative study completely. This book presents five qualitative approaches available, how to use it, when to use it and how to combine each method or approach. In my view this is the most comprehensive and practical book in qualitative research in the last ten years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Z. Johnson on February 9, 2009
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Plainly written and up to date textbook! I am a doctoral student who is also teaching at the master's level. This book not only helps me understand my options for research but has helped me clarify the subtle distinctions between approaches to qualitative research.

With examples and ample references, this book should be on every qualitative social sciences researcher's shelf!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Tan on October 14, 2007
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This book is helpful in explaining the different approaches to qualitative methods. The comparison charts in the book helps you to compare and contrast against the methods and helps in choosing a method to undertake your research study.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Kramer on September 14, 2008
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This is as succinct a review for qualitative reserach as I have ever read in my limited experience. I recommend this book to all doctoral students and researchers who need to brush up on qualitative techniques.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elena k. k. on July 2, 2011
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this is a classic, and for a good reason: will entice even experienced quantitative researchers to try qualitative approach at least once, but the book is a must for novices
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Chia on October 19, 2009
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For an academic text on Qualitative Research, the book is surprisingly easy reading and is user friendly. It is informative, concepts are clearly explained, and the chapters are organised for maximum accessibility with discussion questions, additional notes, summary, tables and visual representations. Overall, Creswell provides structured guidance to help the reader understand and use each of the five approaches, and the templates for data analysis, plan for qualitative inquiry and guided activities are particularly helpful.Thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni L Jestadt on June 18, 2011
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As a novice researcher, this was an extremely informative and helpful book. I would definitely recommend it. It is far more readable than other comparable texts.
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