Waller, Vivienne, Farquharson, Karen, and Dempsey, Deborah (2016) Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age, London, Sage.
Qualitative Social Research employs an accessible approach to present the multiple ways in which criticism enhances research practice. Packed full of relevant, ‘real world’ examples, it showcases the strengths and pitfalls of each research method, integrating the philosophical groundings of qualitative research with thoughtful overviews of a range of commonly used methods.
Bouma, G.D., Carland, S. (2016). The Research Process. 6th ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press.
The sixth edition of The Research Process is an easy-to-use introduction to research methods. The book emphasizes the process of research in an accessible and readable way, taking a non-statistical and non-mathematical approach for new students.
Wadsworth, Y. (2011). Building in Research and Evaluation, Allen & Unwin.
Building in Research and Evaluation explores a new approach for bringing about both wanted change and stability. By inquiring around ‘whole cycles’ of acting, observing, questioning, feeling, reflecting, thinking, planning and acting again, Yoland identifies how new life might be brought to what we do.
Wadsworth, Y. (2011). Everyday Evaluation on the Run. 3rd ed. Allen & Unwin.
Everyday Evaluation on the Run offers a practical over view of the main approaches to evaluation, strategies for involving stakeholders, and the evaluation industry’s toolbox of models and techniques. The author emphasises the core principles and concepts of evaluation, and the idea of building a culture of evaluation.
Wadsworth, Y. (2011). Do it Yourself Social Research, Allen & Unwin.
Do It Yourself Social Research is the bestselling practical guide to doing social research projects. Over three decades this bestselling user-friendly introduction has been used by thousands of students, professionals and community groups to kick start their social research projects.
Walter, M. (2013). Social Research Methods. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press.
Social Research Methods brings social research to life for students, using both theory and practical examples to illustrate the relevance of research methods in their future careers. It equips students with the tools required to develop a clear understanding of the nature of research and to gain an appreciation of the wide range of methods available.
Written in accessible style and with a clear structure, Social Research Methods encourages students to develop a set of practical research skills in line with contemporary Australian social research practices.
Ezzy, D (2002) Qualitative Analysis: Practice and Innovation. Allen and Unwin
Qualitative Analysis offers a detailed introduction to the practice of data analysis that is both user-friendly and theoretically grounded.
Drawing on his extensive experience of qualitative research, Douglas Ezzy reviews approaches to data analysis in established research traditions including ethnography, phenomenology and symbolic interactionism, alongside the newer approaches informed by cultural studies and feminism. He explains the difference between inductive, deductive and abductive theory building, provides a guide to computer-assisted analysis and outlines techniques such as journal writing, team meetings and participant reviews.