The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This accessible textbook introduces key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments. The book provides a well-structured guide to methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit contemporary psychological research. A number of chapters are also explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The internationally respected contributors steer the reader through the main stages of conducting a study using these methods.
Introduction - Jonathan A Smith, Rom Harr[ac]e and Luk Van Langenhove PART ONE: SEARCHING FOR MEANINGS Semi-Structured Interviewing and Qualitative Analysis - Jonathan A Smith Grounded Theory - Kathy Charmaz Life Story Research - Ken Plummer PART TWO: DISCOURSE AS TOPIC Conversation Analysis - Paul Drew Discourse Analysis - Jonathan Potter and Margaret Wetherell Basic Principles of Transcription - Daniel C O'Connell and Sabine Kowal PART THREE: RESEARCH AS DYNAMIC INTERACTION Role Play - Krysia Yardley Cooperative Inquiry - Peter Reason and John Heron PART FOUR: USING NUMBERS DIFFERENTLY Rethinking the Role of Quantitative Methods in Psychology - James T Lamiell Repertory Grids - Jonathan A Smith An Interactive, Case-Study Perspective Q Methodology - Rex Stainton Rogers