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Quick-Start to Qualitative Research for Practice

Jeffrey Longhofer, Jerry Floersch and Janet Hoy

in Qualitative Methods for Practice Research

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398472
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398472.003.0003

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Quick-Start to Qualitative Research for Practice

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A quick-start to qualitative research is described. Key concepts from chapter one—open system, phenomenological practice gap, brute and institutional facts, and engaged scholarship—are illustrated by applying them to a research case study of adolescent psychotropic treatment. Readers are provided a step-by-step description of formulating an engaged scholarship project; one extensive case study demonstrates each research step. A learning-by-doing style allows the reader to imagine that they can initiate engaged scholarship research. Each step of conducting research is discussed: research aims and questions, sampling, data collection and management tools, analytic strategy, and interpretation. While these activities are typical of all research projects, it is argued that what makes for successful achievement is their integration. An original, easily to follow quick-start guide to using ATLAS.ti software helps the practitioner and avoids intimidation by complex computer software.

Keywords: data collection; data management; data interpretation; engaged scholarship

Chapter.  17317 words.  Illustrated.

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