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Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact Paperback – 7 Dec 2012
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“This book provides a detailed step–by–step explanation of qualitative data gathering, analysis, and writing, and provides the approach to evaluating qualitative quality. It is designed to provide enough methodological details to be helpful to graduate students and advanced scholars, and is a comprehensive resource for the theoretical undergrounds and practical conduct of methodology.” (NeoPopRealism Journal, 1 August 2013)
“Sarah Tracy has crafted an arresting and energetic field guide for those undertaking qualitative work in a wide variety of research areas. Comprehensive and eclectic yet full of solid tips and engaging examples. A good read for the experienced qualitative researcher and a most practical and thoughtful one for the uninitiated.”
– John Van Maanen, Erwin H. Schell Professor of Organization Studies, MIT
“I can’t wait to teach qualitative methods again, just so I can use Sarah Tracy’s well–researched, readable, and comprehensive book. Rarely has a text so successfully connected personal experience with engaging and storied plotlines, practical advice, and conceptual and analytic development. Perfect for demonstrating the value of all approaches, it’s a winner in every way. Those in Communication―all fields really―are in for a real treat!”
– Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida
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I knew this book would be good, but it's even better than I could have imagined.
In addition to the well laid out explanations of the concepts and paradigmatic assumptions behind methods and methodology, Tracy adds concrete examples of and suggests clearly reasoned paths through the messy details of conceptualizing, data gathering, analyzing, and writing up qualitative research. In particular, many scholars and students will appreciate the clear and detailed presentation of what Tracy calls an iterative methodology.
Her writing uses disarming honesty, an engaging sense of humor, and specific, in-depth content to calm the fears of those who are new to qualitative methods and to provide rich ideas for those who are already engaging in such work. Students repeatedly commented on how inviting the text was and how much they appreciated reading the tables and examples of the inner workings of the qualitative research process from Dr. Tracy's own published research. I absolutely will be using this book again for my methods course.
As a final note, I think this also is the book I would now recommend to someone who needs/wants to learn how to do some form of qualitative research on their own.
Compared to other qualitative methods texts, I found Dr. Tracy's style to be engaging and I appreciated the way she explained complex concepts by using her own and other colleagues'/students' research projects. The chapters on data analysis also make her book stand out from other texts I've read. Not only does the book offer a solid grounding in how to collect data, it illustrates basic and advanced methods to make meaning from data and develop arguments for various audiences--Really helpful when sitting with a giant pile of interviews/fieldnotes and feeling overwhelmed!
Having assisted Dr. Tracy in teaching a graduate qualitative methods course, I look forward to using the book and accompanying teacher resource manual in my own classes in the future.