A detailed paper giving a good summary of the varieties and potential applications of discourse analysis as a research method in social science. The paper gives a clear explanation of the context of this method and has an extensive bibliography suggesting further reading.
Chapter 6 – Qualitative research methods
All the content relating to the chapter above is below
In seeking to support a fuller understanding of qualitative research, this chapter aims to offer further insight into different qualitative research strategies and approaches, and to explore interviews and focus groups as key methods of collecting data within qualitative research approaches.
Qualitative research, as we established earlier, is a necessarily more subjective and interpretative means of research than quantitative approaches. Indeed this is a key strength of qualitative research which, when undertaken mindfully and with appropriate rigour, can provide us with a rich, in-depth description of phenomena, perceptions, and behaviour within social and cultural contexts.
A great deal has been written about the use of participatory action research and this short article gives a good summary of many of the key points. Also has useful links for further reading.
An explanation of Grounded Theory and its potential use as a research perspective, with useful links to further reading and other resources.
A short guide to using case studies as a research method in social science (using examples from health care, in this instance).
An introduction to the role of ethnography in qualitative research, with good links and a short guide to the application of ethnography to research work in the field.