2nd Edition

Qualitative Research Methodologies for Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Edited By Shoba Nayar, Mandy Stanley Copyright 2024
    352 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive text provides a practical introduction to the range of qualitative methodologies and methods being used by occupational science and occupational therapy researchers today, enabling readers to produce and critique high-quality qualitative research themselves.

    Showcasing a diverse range of qualitative research from both academic scholarship and the wider community of health professionals, each chapter combines both foundational knowledge and therapeutic applications. Importantly, the book lucidly explains the synergy between research problem, choice of methodology, and methods. It also fosters a best-practice approach, ensuring that qualitative research is epistemologically sound while reflecting the values and beliefs of the diverse communities within which research is conducted.

    This new edition, featuring an international range of authors, also addresses new and cutting-edge research methodologies, including Indigenous methodologies, netnography, the visual arts, and Big data. It is the ideal textbook for any student, practitioner, or researcher of occupational science and occupational therapy.

    Chapter 1 - Introduction to The Second Edition       

    Shoba Nayar & Mandy Stanley

    Chapter 2 -Tenets of Qualitative Research: Deepening Understandings

    Mandy Stanley & Shoba Nayar

    Chapter 3 - Connections, Disruptions and Transformations: Decolonizing Qualitative Research

    Isla Emery-Whittington, Lana Draper and Chontel Gibson          

    Chapter 4 - Qualitative Descriptive: A Very Good Place to Start

    Mandy Stanley

    Chapter 5 - Grounded Theory

    Kate D’Cruz & Shoba Nayar

    Chapter 6 - Phenomenology  

    Kirk Reed

    Chapter 7 - Case Study Methodology

    Simon Leadley, Margaret Jones, & Clare Hocking

    Chapter 8 - Narrative inquiry

    Jens Schneider, Laetitia Zeeman, Natalie Edelman and Lee Price

    Chapter 9 - Ethnography

    Suzanne Huot & Anne-Cécile Delaisse

    Chapter 10 - Critical Discourse Analysis

    Debbie Laliberte Rudman & Silke Dennhardt

    Chapter 11 - Participatory Action Research

    Tanya Elizabeth Benjamin-Thomas & Debbie Laliberte Rudman

    Chapter 12 - Visual Methodologies: Photovoice in Focus

    Eric Asaba, Melissa Park, Margarita Mondaca, & Debbie Laliberte-Rudman

    Chapter 13 - Visual arts-based methodologies

    Laura R. Bowman & Katie Mah

    Chapter 14 - Community-Based Research

    Roshan Galvaan & Pam Gretschel

    Chapter 15 - Netnography

    Amy Wallis

    Chapter 16 - Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

    Carolyn M Murray, Katie Robinson, & Mandy Stanley

    Chapter 17 - Big Qualitative Data

    Mandy Stanley

    Chapter 18 - Best (or Better?) Practices

    Shoba Nayar



    Shoba Nayar is a New Zealand trained and registered occupational therapist. Since completing her PhD in occupational science, she has held various roles in academic institutions in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and India. Shoba currently works as an independent academic, offering consultation services to academic institutions and postgraduate students in the area of qualitative research.


    Mandy Stanley is a Professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. Mandy is a senior academic with an established program of funded research who has taught qualitative qualitative research to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and successfully supervised higher degree students writing qualitative theses and more than 30 Honours students.