Written in a lively, accessible style, Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook is a hands-on practical guide for learning the craft of qualitative research. It provides answers to all the questions you will ask as a beginning researcher from initiation to completion and dissemination. Based on the author's successful courses and introductory research workshops, David Silverman demonstrates that the way to learn the craft skills of qualitative research is to apply knowledge about different methodologies to actual data. Each stage of the research process is thoroughly grounded in worked examples and exercises designed to test your knowledge and to encourage the development of your practical skills. The handbook is packed with case studies and examples of students' experiences `in the field' with features to aid studying, including overviews, summaries of key skills and a glossary of terms. Indispensable practical advice is also given on key issues and strategies such as:· narrowing down a research topic and defining 'originality'· keeping a research diary and writing a research report· presenting your research to different audiencesDoing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook is the essential guide for beginning qualitative researchers and research students.