Qualitative Research Methods

Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact

Author: Sarah J. Tracy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118378814

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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Qualitative Research Methods is a comprehensive,all-inclusive resource for the theory and practice ofqualitative/ethnographic research methodology. Serves as a “how-to” guide forqualitative/ethnographic research, detailing how to design aproject, conduct interviews and focus groups, interpret and analyzedata, and represent it in a compelling manner Demonstrates how qualitative data can be systematicallyutilized to address pressing personal, organizational, and socialproblems Written in an engaging style, with in-depth examples from theauthor’s own practice Comprehensive companion website includes sample syllabi, lessonplans, a list of helpful website links, test bank and exam reviewmaterials, and exercises and worksheets, available upon publicationat ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/tracy"www.wiley.com/go/tracy/a

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods

Author: Mike Allen

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483381420

Category: Social Science

Page: 2064

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Communication research is evolving and changing in a world of online journals, open-access, and new ways of obtaining data and conducting experiments via the Internet. Although there are generic encyclopedias describing basic social science research methodologies in general, until now there has been no comprehensive A-to-Z reference work exploring methods specific to communication and media studies. Our entries, authored by key figures in the field, focus on special considerations when applied specifically to communication research, accompanied by engaging examples from the literature of communication, journalism, and media studies. Entries cover every step of the research process, from the creative development of research topics and questions to literature reviews, selection of best methods (whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed) for analyzing research results and publishing research findings, whether in traditional media or via new media outlets. In addition to expected entries covering the basics of theories and methods traditionally used in communication research, other entries discuss important trends influencing the future of that research, including contemporary practical issues students will face in communication professions, the influences of globalization on research, use of new recording technologies in fieldwork, and the challenges and opportunities related to studying online multi-media environments. Email, texting, cellphone video, and blogging are shown not only as topics of research but also as means of collecting and analyzing data. Still other entries delve into considerations of accountability, copyright, confidentiality, data ownership and security, privacy, and other aspects of conducting an ethical research program. Features: 652 signed entries are contained in an authoritative work spanning four volumes available in choice of electronic or print formats. Although organized A-to-Z, front matter includes a Reader’s Guide grouping entries thematically to help students interested in a specific aspect of communication research to more easily locate directly related entries. Back matter includes a Chronology of the development of the field of communication research; a Resource Guide to classic books, journals, and associations; a Glossary introducing the terminology of the field; and a detailed Index. Entries conclude with References/Further Readings and Cross-References to related entries to guide students further in their research journeys. The Index, Reader’s Guide themes, and Cross-References combine to provide robust search-and-browse in the e-version.

Ethical Occurrences in Government Contracting: Principled or Corrupt?

Author: Sandra G. Haynes

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 150434409X

Category: Political Science

Page: 130

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Throughout history, our nation has sought to find the most ethical way to deliver government contracts. In an effort to find a balance between normal expectations of government contracting and personal benefits, the government has enacted endless rules and regulations; however, those codes of ethics have not deterred government contracting employees from behaving unethically when doing their jobs. Ethical Occurrences in Government Contracting: Principled or Corrupt chronicles the notions of government contracting managers and employees regarding why unethical behaviors occur. See the similarities and differences of two groups engrossed in the same job. Written by Sandra G. Haynes, an acclaimed expert in the government contracting field and outlines the views of experts in government contracting, Ethical Occurrences in Government Contracting: Principled or Corrupt is an intriguing text for any individual desiring to understand how to mitigate unethical behaviors in government contracting.

Qualitative Data Analysis

A Methods Sourcebook

Author: Matthew B. Miles,A. Michael Huberman,Johnny Saldana

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506353061

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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Miles, Huberman, and Saldaña’s Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook is the authoritative text for analyzing and displaying qualitative research data. The Fourth Edition maintains the analytic rigor of previous editions while showcasing a variety of new visual display models for qualitative inquiry. Graphics are added to the now-classic matrix and network illustrations of the original co-authors. Five chapters have been substantially revised, and the appendix’s annotated bibliography includes new titles in research methods. Graduate students and established scholars from all disciplines will find this resource an innovative compendium of ideas for the representation and presentation of qualitative data. As the authors demonstrate, when researchers “think display,” their analyses of social life capture the complex and vivid processes of the people and institutions studied.

Qualitative Communication Research Methods

Author: Thomas R. Lindlof,Bryan C. Taylor

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506300464

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 520

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Qualitative Communication Research Methods, Fourth Edition introduces you to qualitative research in speech and mass communication. Award-winning scholars and authors Thomas R. Lindlof and Bryan C. Taylor guide you through every step of the qualitative process, from developing research topics and questions through writing a final report. You are given numerous examples of work in the field to illustrate how studies are designed, carried out, written, evaluated, and related to theory. In addition to covering the theories and methods currently used in qualitative communication research, the authors also discuss important trends influencing the future of that research, helping you make informed judgments about the significance and consequences of recent trends. New to the Fourth Edition: A new chapter titled “The Diversity of Qualitative Research in Communication Subfields” provides readers with a complete guide to the field’s distinctive subfields and enables you to identify the research agenda that best represents your own interests.Two rising subfields— Political Communication and Communication Activism— have been added, resulting in 13 subfields covered. Two major phases of data analysis have been split into separate chapters, enabling you to concentrate on the initial steps of analysis before moving on to the interpretation phase of analysis. Discussions of important intellectual and institutional trends currently reshaping the landscape of qualitative research, including Materialist Theory, Big Data, and Open-Access publishing, provide you with cutting-edge knowledge and skills that affect what you study and how you study it. An analysis of new developments in media and technology shows you how social media networks and other digital platforms are not only topics of research, but also the means for collecting and analyzing data.

Handbook of Communication Audits for Organisations

Author: Owen Hargie,Dennis Tourish

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415186414

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 365

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Auditing communication involves the assessment of current practice (diagnosis) in order to determine what steps are required to secure improvements (prescription). This book offers a series of methodologies which are widely employed to evaluate communication effectiveness. The purpose is to equip readers with vital analytic tools, enabling them to benchmark performance and effect significant improvements