This is the best book I've ever read on research methods and methodology. It explains in plain English terms that are used in other text books and journal articles without explanations. It is a fantastic textbook for anyone involved in qualitative research and wanting to understand theoretical underpinnings of research better. It is also well written, not your standard a dry text book on research methods. It's a book that challenges you to think about the choices you make along the research process whilst keeping.
If you are only going to buy one book on qualitative research methods this would be my recommendations. However if you are looking for step by step guide for doing qualitative research don't buy this book. This book gives you a framework to work with but requires you to think about the process of research and why you are doing what you are doing. It is the one book that kept me sane whilst doing my PhD...
A combination of some very plain English and very clear thinking about the underlying assumptions behind 'qualitative research perspectives' make this an invaluable read for qualitative research students. Crotty's writing is a tribute to the value of 'plain English' and his use of examples from research makes his ideas very easy to access. While he differs on some details, which he explains, much of what he writes makes other research epics such as The Landscape of Qualitative Research easier to understand. I would certainly recommend that you start with this book then move on to the other well-known favourites including The Landscape of Qualitative Research and Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice although there are numerous others! Crotty will sort out the business of 'assumptions' which underlie perspectives so that you can view the various research theories and methods as views which do / don't match your own assumptions. While it might be a tempting challenging to conduct research from assumptions you don't agree with, I would suggest that you at least know what your assumptions are and what those that underlie the main philosophical theories are before you try to be so adventurous / torn. Of course this all hangs on whether we can ever truely understand our own assumptions, but that one you will have to decide on for yourself!
First chapter demystifies & translates educational and social research 'gobbledegook' and jargon into plain English. Very clearly and concisely written. THe following chapters look at various paradigms and concepts in a lucid and concise way. Great size book to carry about with you. One note of caution - be aware that definitions can blur from one University to another .. and that is when the fog of confusion could descend. Absolute must for anyone studying research methods / educational research at post graduate level.
This book is a highly beneficial tool that helps students to structure their research in the best way possible. It is not a recipe or "how to" book. Rather, it takes the reader through an organized and relevant process of understanding.