1st Edition

How to Write Qualitative Research

By Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower Copyright 2019
    282 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Qualitative research has exploded in popularity in nearly every discipline from the social sciences to health fields to business. While many qualitative textbooks explain how to conduct an interview or analyze fieldnotes, rarely do they give more than a few scant pages to the skill many find most difficult: writing.

    That’s where How to Write Qualitative Research comes in. Using clear prose, helpful examples, and lists, it breaks down and explains the most common writing tasks in qualitative research, and each chapter suggests step-by-step how-to approaches writers can use to tackle those tasks.

    Topics include:

    • writing about and with qualitative data
    • composing findings
    • organizing chapters and sections
    • using grammar for powerful writing
    • revising for clarity
    • writing conclusions, methods sections, and theory
    • creating and writing about visuals
    • writing different types of qualitative research and different document types

    Each chapter features real-world examples from both professionals and students, hands-on practice activities, and template sentences that show qualitative writers how to get started.

    This text provides the perfect companion for writers of almost any skill level, from undergraduates to professionals. Whether you are writing a course paper, a dissertation, or your next book, How to Write Qualitative Research will help you write clearer, more effective qualitative research.


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    Part I: General Writing Processes For Qualitative Researchers

    1. Writing Happens Throughout Qualitative Research

    2. Writing With Structure

    3. Writing With Grammar in Mind

    4. Revising is the Soul of Puts the Soul in Writing

    Part II: Writing Your Study

    5. Writing to Show You Were There

    6. Writing About and With Qualitative Data

    7. Writing Valid Qualitative Findings, Assertions, and Conclusions

    8. Writing About Theory and Literature

    9. Writing About Qualitative Methods

    10. Writing With and About Visuals

    11. Writing Different Genres of Qualitative Research

    12. Writing Different Kinds of Documents

    Wrapping Up: 10 Maxims for Good Qualitative Writing




    Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower is Professor of Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota, USA. He has written award-winning qualitative research on gender, education, food policy, and qualitative methods, and he has guided dozens of students through successful qualitative dissertations.