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1st Edition

How to Write Qualitative Research

ISBN 9781138066311
Published October 24, 2018 by Routledge
282 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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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



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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.