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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches, John Creswell

I am a big fan of John Creswell’s works. I find his research methodology textbooks very practical, to the point, and down right helpful. I already covered some of his works in previous posts namely his popular book Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches.

In this post, I introduce you to another of his research methodology books titled Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design:Choosing Among Five Approaches. In this 3rd edition, Creswell examines five different approaches to qualitative inquiry. These are : narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case studies. The book provides a detailed explanation of each of these approaches and also displays the major differences between them in terms of their usage within the research process.

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design

In more practical terms, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design will walk you through the different stages of the research process related to these qualitative approaches. You will learn how each of these approaches views data collection, data analysis, report writing,and standards of validation and evaluation.

This combination of the different approaches and how their distinctiveness plays out in the process of research is what distinguishes this book from others on qualitative research that you may have read. Most qualitative researchers focus on only one approach, say ethnography or grounded theory, and try to convince their readers of the value of that approach. This makes sense in our highly specialized world of academia. However, students and beginning qualitative researchers need choices that fit their research problems and that suit their own interests in conducting research.

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