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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among Five Approaches [Paperback]

John W. Creswell
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December 20, 2006 1412916070 978-1412916073 2nd

"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

Creswell has produced an even more outstanding and valuable text for qualitative research than the First Edition.” 
                                                                    —Edith King, University of Denver

Like the bestselling First Edition, this new version explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry approaches: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. Using an accessible and engaging writing style, author John W. Creswell 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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"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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2nd edition (December 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412916070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412916073
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "how to" book for qualitative research 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in methdology 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential textbook for qualitative researchers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars basic foundation for beginning research students October 14, 2007
By S. Tan
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Creswell: Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design 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
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent textbook 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely informative. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good book, perfect for a beginner May 23, 2011
By Angela
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I bought this book as a textbook for a class on qualitative research. It is exactly what I need as a very beginning learner of the this research method. The shipment was fast and came right in time. Thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
helped with my research, im a prof and doctoral student
Published 8 days ago by Réagan Lorraine Lavorata
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and easy to Understand.
I am in the process of writing chapter three of my dissertation. It is easy to understand and very helpful.
Published 3 months ago by Starlette D. Guillory
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bood
I am sure this is a good read, but I have not yet to start reading the book, but will in the near future when I am advancing to a course where the need to read this book becomes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lucille Gedeon
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Creswell's book "Qualittive Inquiry & Research Design...
This text book is for my doctoral class.
It met my expectations.
Even though, I have to purchase an electronic copy, I like having a hard copy to highlight.
Published 3 months ago by Paul L. Grinstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Info for qualitative studies
This book offers practical information for people planning a qualitative study. I feel comfortable recommending the book to other students.
Published 7 months ago by KK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is excellent source of information for my research project. Book was promptly sent to me when I purchased it through Amazon. Good job and thank you
Published 9 months ago by Isaac A. Arhin
4.0 out of 5 stars well written and very useful for doctoral researchers
Creswell presents a well-designed text that sufficiently complements a doctoral level qualitative research course. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thomas C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Creswell
Another great book from Creswell. I am working on my dissertation and this book has been very helpful in the process
Published 9 months ago by Swaggerific SHopper
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This is a great book- I could not have gotten through the course without it. The writing is scholarly, there are clear paths in the book to answer any and all the questions that I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Judi Boone
3.0 out of 5 stars Required text
The reading was OK but much easier than quantitative. The book wasn't bad just trying to get through all of the requirements
Published 13 months ago by Robert Holter
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