This accessible textbook introduces a range of key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments.
The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This book provides a lucid and well-structured guide to effective methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit the changing picture of contemporary psychological research. In addition, a number of the chapters are explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The editors have assembled a group of internationally respected figures to steer the reader through the main stages of conducting a study using these methods.
Rethinking Methods in Psychology is an essential text for anyone with an interest in how to do research in psychology in the light of these exciting developments.