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Academic involved in first textbook NEWS

An academic from the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences has been involved in the publication of the first textbook explicitly designed to assist psychology undergraduate students to undertake dissertation projects using qualitative research methods. 

Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project was published by Sage in March 2012


Dr Stephen Gibson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, co-edited the book together with Cath Sullivan (University of Central Lancashire) and Sarah Riley (University of Aberystwyth). 

The book arose from Stephen’s role as Chair of the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network’s working group on Teaching Qualitative Research Methods at Undergraduate Level (TQRMUL) between 2008 and 2011, and features chapters on planning, managing and writing up projects, as well as on collecting and analysing data.

Stephen said:  "The TQRMUL group had been running workshops for lecturers teaching qualitative methods for a number years, and we came to realise that there was a need for a textbook that didn’t simply introduce qualitative approaches to psychology, but guided students through the process of doing a qualitative project for their dissertation.  Having a group of authors who were already used to working with each made the project very enjoyable, and – we hope – has made the finished project more coherent and integrated than one would expect of a typical edited book."