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The Qualitative Research Experience, Revised Printing 1e

ISBN-13: 9780534272548 / ISBN-10: 0534272541

Deborah K. Padgett, New York University
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2004
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The book represents the 'lived experience' of doing qualitative research. It addresses the needs of students as well as experienced quantitative researchers who seek instruction in, and exemplars of, qualitative methods. Though the contributions to this book represent diverse voices, a common purpose unites them--a desire to bolster the supportive structures and methodological rigor of qualitative studies.


  • Part One of this text includes exemplary qualitative studies representing six of the leading approaches in qualitative research (grounded theory, narrative, ethnography, case studies, mixed methods, and evaluation) followed by ''behind the scenes'' essays in which the authors describe their experiences while conducting the research.
  • Part Two of the book includes topical chapters on critical methodological issues in qualitative research. Some of the methodological topics include data analysis in a cross-linguistic context, use of computer software, peer debriefing and support groups, mentoring, ethical issues, mixed methods and writing/publishing qualitative reports.
  • Exemplary studies featured in Part One focus less on the ''rules of the game'' than on how those rules get applied in the field.
  • Personal essays following each study in Part One allow the authors--all researchers who have successfully published and disseminated their work--to ''role model'' the qualitative research experience for readers.
  • To enhance readers'' skills and supportive structures in qualitative research, each chapter is dedicated to an in-depth examination of a particular topic.
  • In selecting the topics to appear in this book, the editor placed special emphasis on cross-cultural and other forms of diversity. Thus, studies described in the chapters involve daughters of breast cancer survivors, the homeless mentally ill, poor families with children in crisis, Puerto Rican men with AIDS, runaway adolescents in Sweden, Japanese families with schizophrenic siblings, medically underserved African-American women in New York City, and Jewish mothers in Israel and the US whose daughters converted to ultra-orthodoxy.
  • An Appendix written specifically for students provides guidelines for choosing the type of qualitative method and optimal topics for qualitative inquiry.

Introduction. Finding A Middle Ground in Qualitative Research.
1. "Grounded Theory," Julianne S. Oktay.
A. Experiences of Women Whose Mothers Had Breast Cancer. B. Juggling many Roles: Doing a Grounded Theory Project.
2. "Narrative Analysis," Roberta G. Sands.
A. When A Daughter is "Reborn": A Cross-National Mother-Daughter Study. B. Personal Reflections on Narratives and Knowing.
3. "Ethnography," Jerry Floersch.
A. Case Managers and Invented Clinical Knowledge. B. Practice Ethnography: On Becoming a Practitioner-Researcher.
4. "Case Study," James W. Drisko.
A. The Voice of the Consumer in Intensive Family Preservation Programs. B. Doing Qualitative Case Study Research.
5. "Mixed Methods," Deborah Gioia.
A. The Meaning of Work for Young Adults with Schizophrenia. B. A Process Essay: The Path of a Doctoral Student.
6. "Program Evaluation," Amy Barr.
A. Qualitative Evaluation of a Supported Housing Program for Homeless Persons with Severe Mental Illness. B. The Angels are Breaking Their Wings.
Introduction to Part Two.
7. "Analyzing Qualitative Data in a Cross-Language Context: A Collaborative Model," Tazuko Shibusawa and Ellen Lukens.
8. "Using Computer Software," James W. Drisko.
9. "The Role of the Mentoring Relationship: A Dialogue," R. Dennis Shelby and Ida Roldan.
10. "Peer Debriefing and Support Groups," Deborah K. Padgett, Reji Mathew and Susan Conte.
11. "Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research With High-Risk Populations: Handle with Care," Deborah Waldrop.
12. "''''Doing'''' Narrative Analysis," Margareta Hyden and Carolina Overlien.
13. "Mixed Methods, Serendipity, and Concatenation," Deborah K. Padgett.
14. "Spreading the Word: Writing and Disseminating Qualitative Studies," Deborah K. Padgett.
15. "Coming of Age: Theoretical Thinking, Social Responsibility, and a Global Perspective in Qualitative Research," Deborah K. Padgett.
Appendix: "A Few Observations for Students," Deborah K. Padgett.

"I think this is an excellent manuscript; I am particularly impressed with the following: ...Very reader friendly using excellent conversational tone (which seems so appropriate for a text on qualitative methods!)...This text is a marvelous addition to the field of qualitative research. Written for both students and faculty, this text can transcend disciplinary fields by offering a practical, informative and scholarly approach to any professional who wishes to embrace qualitative research methods...This book is replete with poignant case examples and contemporary topics."
Vikki Vandiver, Portland State University

"Thank you for the opportunity to review THE QUALITATIVE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. I am sincerely appreciative because it is truly an excellent text! ...It is...well-written, well-organized, thoughtful, insightful, and practical...The main strength is that the text shows rather than merely tells. "
Christina Gringeri, University of Utah

"I would describe this book to a colleague as an excellent introduction to qualitative research methods- - a book that goes beyond just describing the method to providing direct examples and commentary on the examples. It provides a perspective not often found on the process of doing qualitative research."
Craig Le Croy, Arizona State University

Deborah K. Padgett
Deborah K. Padgett, Ph.D., MPH, is a professor at the New York University School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in urban anthropology in 1979 and completed post-doctoral programs in mental health services research at Columbia University School of Public Health (1985–86) and Duke University Department of Psychiatry (1994–95). Dr. Padgett's research interests include breast cancer screening and follow-up care for medically underserved women and qualitative studies of the 'process' of care for psychiatrically disabled homeless adults.