Qualitative Research book

I’ve just been reading a book by Lyn Richards (she is involved in the design of Nvivo software) called Handling Qualitative Data (Sage:2005). Her aim with the book was to deal with the practicalities of doing research (as opposed to the theory behind why this approach or that). It was a very easy and interesting read and answered many of the little issues that had been worrying me about some of the research I had been doing at beta-space. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is doing qualitative research and who has not yet written their methodology chapter. The key area it cleared up for me was the role of researcher observations as a form of data (something Linda had discussed with us at one of our beta-space meetings). This made me realise that I had been putting far too much emphasis on participants retrospective reports and should (as we did in our pilot test) make sure I also always do some detailed observation sessions with each artwork before doing a retrospective testing day.

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