Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook, by Matthew Miles, Michael Huberman, and Johnny Saldaña is a comprehensive and authoritative resource on conducting qualitative research. The Third Edition includes five distinct approaches to analysis: exploring, describing, ordering, explaining, and predicting. It also covers topics such as research design and management, ethical issues in management, fundamentals of qualitative analysis, methods of displaying data, drawing and verifying conclusions, and writing about qualitative research.
The authors offer practical guidance on each approach to help readers understand the complexities of the data-collection process and how to draw meaningful conclusions from that data. They also provide numerous real-life examples from both their own research and Saldaña’s recent qualitative work. The most celebrated chapter in the book, ‘Drawing and Verifying Conclusions’, has been revised to reflect current best practices.
In addition, Miles and Huberman have expanded their discussion of report writing, now titled ‘Writing About Qualitative Research’. This section provides information on preparing reports, as well as detailed guidance on narrative reporting and how to present the findings.
The book also includes updated references and provides readers with the latest information on conducting successful qualitative research projects. It covers all aspects of qualitative research, from designing and managing research studies to understanding ethical issues, analyzing data, and writing effective reports. The authors provide detailed instructions on each approach to help readers make sense of the data collected, draw meaningful conclusions from it, and write successful reports.
This is a practical methods sourcebook for all researchers who make use of qualitative data. But it is not intended as a comprehensive text; we do not address matters such as how to gain entry into a site, how to write field notes, or how to facilitate participant interviews. We want to share our experiences and those of other colleagues in the design and use of qualitative data analysis methods. Strong emphasis is placed on data displays—matrices and networks—that go beyond ordinary narrative text. Each method of data display and analysis is described and illustrated in detail, with practical suggestions for the researcher’s use and adaptation with accessible software and basic programs.
Some of the themes that the authors discuss in this book include :
- Research design and management
- Ethical issues in management
- Fundamentals of qualitative analysis
- Methods of displaying the data
- Drawing and verifying conclusions
- Writing about qualitative research
Whether you are an experienced researcher or a novice just beginning to explore qualitative methods, Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook is an indispensable guide for understanding and carrying out successful qualitative research. It is a comprehensive resource for anyone who needs to understand the complexities of qualitative data collection and analysis.