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    John W. Creswell(Author)

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This book explores the philosophical underpinnings, history and key elements of five qualitative inquiry traditions: biography, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and case study. John W Creswell relates research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry and compares each of the research strategies for theoretical frameworks, writing introduction to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing the narrative, and employing standards of quality and verifying results. Five journal articles in the appendix offer fascinating reading as well as examples of the five different qualitative designs.

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  • PDF | 424 pages
  • John W. Creswell(Author)
  • SAGE Publications, Inc; 1st edition (July 15, 1997)
  • English
  • 8
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By Amy L. Gilliland on May 14, 2002

    Creswell manages to clearly explain differences and similarities of the five methods. Vocabulary, glossaries, examples and illustrations make each of the methodologies come alive to the reader. It is excellent as a review for someone who is writing their thesis, or for a new graduate student to grasp an understanding of qualitative methods. Creswell includes complete articles that illustrate the principles behind each of the methods. This is a "how to" and "what" book. It does not go into the philosophy behind each of the methods or the history of their development. For that perspective, try Denzin and Lincoln's Handbook of Qualitative Research. But when you are clearly defining a research project, it isn't philosophy that helps you! This book is a definite must for anyone interested in understanding or critiquing qualitative methods, or writing a qualitative proposal. Highly recommended!!!

  • By L. Ralston on February 20, 2003

    this book provides clear, concrete examples of five "traditions" or types of qualitative research. If you need to understand the differences between biography, ethnography, grounded theory, case study, and other qualitative methods, this is the book for you. I've used it extensively in my dissertation writing.

  • By irene on May 26, 2012

    a really useful guide on qualitative inquiry and research design, a great book! i was glad to buy this book because it helped me to understand more details on this kind of research.

  • By VMay on July 11, 2013

    This is a great resource for Qualitative research design. It is a must have for those engaging in Qual research on the college level and above.

  • By Dave C. on December 12, 2006

    Creswell's book effectively covers basic theoretical and practical issues regarding biographies, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case studies. I studied this book as a graduate student and now use parts of it in my research methods class. He avoids much of the qualitative jargon that so many other qualitative writers can't seem to avoid, thus making this book accessible to students who are not familiar with qualitative approaches. I especially like the convenient tables that summarize key points and the real-life articles in the appendix, one for each approach.There is plenty of information about qualitative research that is not included in the book. For instance, having personally spent a great deal of time reading and applying phenomenology, I can honestly say that there is much more to this technique (theoretically and practically) than what is discussed in the book. For this reason I do not believe that people can conduct expert qualitative research after reading just Creswell - I am sure that he would agree. Other resources are needed. But everyone has to begin somewhere, and Creswell's book is an excellent start.I would like to see an expanded version of this book; one that discusses each qualitative tradition in greater detail.DaveAfter reading some of the example articles at the back of the book I am of the opinion that these articles are the weak spot for this book. In particular, the ethnography article is a very long and old paper (circa 1972?) about school principals that is more a case study than an ethnography. I think that Creswell could have selected a more recent paper that was a true ethnographic study. Also, the Grounded Theory paper on sexual victimization seems too depressing. The Phenomenological paper on the nurse-patient caring relationship is pretty good, however.

  • By MusicmanBob on August 22, 2016

    My wife is using this publication as she works towards her Phd degree. She loves it.

  • By JPD on November 11, 2015

    I got it on time and as expected. I am happy with the purchase.

  • By Colleen C Doherty on December 3, 2014

    Exactly what I needed for my doctoral work. I still use it in my professional practice. Thank you, Dr. Colleen


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