Qualitative research (QR) is the method of inquiry that seeks to understand social phenomena within the context of the participants' perspectives and experiences. The research methods of QR are more flexible, responsive, and open to contextual interpretation than in quantitative research, which uses inventory, questionnaire, or numerical data to draw conclusions. In Qualitative Research in Practice, Sharan Merriam combines discussions of the types of QR with examples of research studies and reflections by the researchers themselves. An important resource for students and practitioners of QR, the book may be used as a companion to any general text on QR. Edited by Sharan B. Merriam, a leader in the field of qualitative research, Qualitative Research in Practice Presents the basic information about the nature of qualitative research Includes a discussion and guidelines for assessing and evaluating qualitative research Offers a handy resource for all those interested in qualitative research regardless of discipline or experience Exemplifies various types of qualitative research Includes commentaries by article authors reflecting on their personal experience in engaging in qualitative research This book is a valuable resource for students and practitioners in all fields where qualitative research is conducted, including social work, psychology, counseling, management, education, healthcare, and more.Qualitative Research in Practice: Examples for Discussion and Analysis, 1 was published 2002 under ISBN 9780787958954 and ISBN 0787958956.