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The Qualitative Research Experience, 1st Edition

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.


“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.”

“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. ”

“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.”

About the Author

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.

The book is tremendously boring. The introduction, written by the editor, was so littered with qualitative research lingo that you need to be a master to understand her assertions. This book is for a doctoral program introductory course to qualitative research. Maybe it might have been appreciated by students in the advanced stages of this type of research.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning; 1st edition (August 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534272541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534272548
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches

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