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Qualitative Research Methods

Action Research

  • Elden, M., Reason, P., & Rowan, J. (1981). Human inquiry: A sourcebook of new paradigm research. J. Wiley.

Appreciative Inquiry

  • Barrett, F. J., & Fry, R. E. (2005). Appreciative inquiry: A positive approach to building cooperative capacity. Taos Institute.
  • Bushe, G. R. (2012), Appreciative inquiry: Theory and critique. In D. M. Boje, B. Burnes, & J. Hassard (Eds.), The Routledge companion to organizational change (pp.87-103). Routledge.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Barrett, F., & Srivastva, S. (1995). Social construction and appreciative inquiry: A journey in organizational theory. In D. Hosking, P. Dachler, & K. Gergen (Eds.), Management and organization: Relational alternatives to individualism (pp 157-200). Avebury.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Sorenson, P., Yeager, T., & Whitney, D. (Eds.). (2003). Appreciative inquiry: Foundations in positive organization development. Stipes.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., & Srivastva, S. (1987). Appreciative inquiry in organizational life. In R. W. Woodman, & W. A. Pasmore (Eds.), Research in organizational change and development (pp 129-169). JAI Press.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Whitney, D., & Stavros, J. M. (2008). Appreciative inquiry handbook (2nd ed.). Crown Custom Publishing.
  • Watkins, J. M., Mohr, B. J., & Kelly, R. (2011). Appreciative inquiry: Change at the speed of imagination (2nd ed.). Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Whitney, D., & Trosten-Bloom, A. (2003). The power of appreciative inquiry: A practical guide to positive change. Berrett-Koehler.

Case Study

  • Merriam, S. B. (1998). Qualitative research and case study applications in education. Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  • Merriam, S. B. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. Revised and expanded from qualitative research and case study applications in education (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Sons.
  • Stake, R. E. (1994). Case studies. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (pp 236-247). Sage.
  • Stake, R. E. (2013). Multiple case study analysis. Guilford Press.
  • Thomas, G. (2011). How to do your case study: A guide for students and researchers. Sage.
  • Yin, R. K. (2013). Case study research: Design and methods (5th ed.). Sage.

Delphi Technique

  • Linstone, H. A., & Turoff, M. (1975). The Delphi method: Techniques and applications. Addison – Wesley.


  • Brewer, J. D. (2000). Ethnography. Open University Press.
  • Hammersley, M., & Atkinson, P. (2007). Ethnography: Principles in practice (3rd ed.). Routledge.
  • Mannik, L., & McGarry, K. (2017). Practicing ethnography: A student guide to method and methodology. University of Toronto Press.
  • Zenker, O., & Kumoll, K. (2010). Beyond writing culture: Current intersections of epistemologies and representational practices. Berghahn Books.

Grounded Theory

  • Charmaz, K. (2000). Constructivist and objectivist grounded theory. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (2nd ed., pp. 509–535). Sage.
  • Charmaz, K. (2003). Grounded theory. In J. A. Smith (Ed.), Qualitative psychology: A practical guide to research methods (pp. 81–110). Sage.
  • Charmaz, K. (2005). Grounded theory in the 21st century: A qualitative method for advancing social justice research. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. E. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (3rd ed., pp. 507– 535). Sage.
  • Glaser, B. G. (1992). Basics of grounded theory analysis. Sociology Press.
  • Glaser, B. G. (1998). Doing grounded theory: Issues and discussions. Sociology Press.
  • Glaser, B. G. (2001). The grounded theory perspective: Conceptualization contrasted with description. Sociology Press.
  • Glaser, B. G. (2003). The grounded theory perspective II: Description's remodeling of grounded theory. Sociology Press.
  • Glaser, B. G., & Strauss, A. L. (1967). The discovery of grounded theory. Aldine.
  • Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques (2nd ed.). Sage.

Narrative Inquiry

  • Clandinin, D. J., & Connelly, F. M. (2000). Narrative inquiry: Experience and story in qualitative research. Jossey-Bass.
  • Clandinin, D. J., Huber, J., Huber, M., Murphy, S., Murray Orr, A., Pearce, M., & Steeves, P. (2006). Composing diverse identities: Narrative inquiries into the interwoven lives of children and teachers. Routledge.

Needs Assessment

  • Burton, J., & Merrill, P. (1991). Needs assessment: Goals, needs, and priorities. In L. J. Briggs, K. L. Gustafson, & M. H. Tillman (Eds.), Instructional design: Principles and applications (2nd ed.). Educational Technology.
  • Kaufman, R., Rojas, A. M., & Mayer, H. (1993). Needs assessment: A user's guide. Educational Technology Publications, Inc.
  • Ostroff, C., & Ford, J. K. (1989). Assessing training needs: Critical levels of analysis. In I.L. Goldstein (Ed.), Training and development in organizations. Jossey- Bass.
  • Rossett, A. (1987). Training needs assessment. Educational Technology.
  • Witkin, B. R., & Altschuld, J. W. (1995). Planning and conducting needs assessments: A practical guide. Sage.


  • Christensen, L. B., Johnson, R. B., & Turner, L. A. (2010). Research methods, design, and analysis (11th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.
  • Giorgi, A. (2009). The descriptive phenomenological method in psychology. Duquesne University Press.
  • Kockelmans, J. J., (1970). Phenomenology and the natural sciences: Essays and translations. Northwestern University Press.
  • Langdridge, D. (2006). Phenomenological psychology: Theory, research and method. Pearson.
  • van Manen, M. (1990). Reaching lived experience: Human science for an action sensitive pedagogy. Althouse Press.

Program Assessment

  • Potter, C. (2006). Program evaluation. In M. Terre Blanche, K. Durrheim, & D. Painter (Eds.), Research in practice: Applied methods for the social sciences (2nd ed.) (pp. 410-428). UCT Press.
  • Rossi, P., Lipsey, M. W., & Freeman, H.E. (2004). Evaluation: A systematic approach (7th ed.). Sage.
  • Shadish, W. R., Cook, T. D., & Leviton, L. C. (1991). Foundations of program evaluation: Theories of practice. Sage.

Doing Analysis with Excel

  • Johri, N. P. M. (2020). Health services research and analytics using Excel. Springer Publishing Company.

Quantitative Research Methods

Correlational Research

  • Black, T. (2005). Doing quantitative research in the social sciences. Sage.
  • Cohen, J., Cohen P., West, S. G., & Aiken, L. S. (2002). Applied multiple regression/correlation analysis for the behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Psychology Press.
  • Kellar, S. P., & Kelvin, E. A. (2014). Munro’s statistical methods for healthcare research. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.
  • Levine, D., Stephan, D., & Szabat, K. (2017). Statistics for managers. Pearson.

Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Research

  • Black, T. (2005). Doing quantitative research in the social sciences. Sage.
  • Campbell, D., & Stanley, J. (2015) Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for research. John Hopkins University.
  • Creswell, J.W. (1994). Qualitative & quantitative approaches. Sage.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2004). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.). Sage.
  • Vogt, W. (2007). Quantitative research methods for professionals. Capella University Publishing.

Ex Post Facto

  • Black, T. R. (1999). Doing quantitative research in the social sciences: An integrated approach to research design, measurement and statistics. Sage.
  • Vogt, W. P. (2005). Quantitative research method for professionals. Pearson/Allyn & Beason.

Factor Analysis

  • Child, D. (2006). The essentials of factor analysis (3rd ed.). Continuum International.
  • Mulaik, S. A. (2010). Foundations of factor analysis. Chapman and Hall Publishers.
  • Thompson, B. (2004). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis: Understanding concepts and applications. American Psychological Association.


  • Crawford, E. G. C., Toft, Y., & Kift, R. L. (2011). Q-methodology - a good sort for global corporations. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, Birmingham, UK.


  • Creswell, J. W. (2006). Understanding mixed methods research. Sage.
  • Creswell, J. W., & Clark, P. V. L. (2011). Designing and conducting mixed methods research (2nd ed.). Sage.
  • Teddlie, C., & Tashakkori, A. (Eds.). (2009). Foundations of mixed methods research: Integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioral sciences. Sage.