Key Texts

It would be a good idea to obtain a copy of each of these texts.

CRESWELL, J. (2012). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: choosing among five approaches. Third Edition. Thousand Oaks. Sage.


DOWLING, P.C. (n.d.). Research and the Theoretical Field. Module for the University of London Master of Research (Online) degree.

Some of this document—including the activities in each chapter—is specific to the online MRes programme. The introductions to each chapter, however, are also relevant to this course.

DOWLING, P.C. & BROWN, A.J. (2010). Doing Research/Reading Research: re-interrogating education. Second Edition. London. Routledge.   

Please try to make sure that you acquire the second edition of this book as this includes an additional chapter on research ethics as well as expanded content relating to information technology and statistics.

General Reading

BANNISTER, D. & FRANSELLA, F. (1986). Inquiring Man: The Psychology of Personal Constructs. Second Edition. London, Croom Helm.
CARR, W. & KEMMIS, S. (1986). Becoming Critical: education, knowledge and action research. Oxford. RoutledgeFalmer.
COFFEY, A. & ATKINSON, P. (1996). Making Sense of Qualitative Data. London, Sage.
CRESWELL, J. (2012). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: choosing among five approaches. Third Edition. Thousand Oaks. Sage.
COLLINS, H. & PINCH, T. (1998). The Golem: what you should know about science. London. CUP.
DOUGLAS, M. (2002 [1966]). Purity and Danger: an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo. London. Routledge.
DOWLING, P.C. (n.d.). Research and the Theoretical Field. Module for the University of London Master of Research (Online) degree.
DOWLING, P.C. & BROWN, A.J. (2010). Doing Research/Reading Research: re-interrogating education. Second Edition. London. Routledge.
FOUCAULT, M. (1970). The Order of Things: An archaeology of the human sciences. New York. Pantheon.
GEERTZ, C. (1977). The Interpretation of Cultures. New York. Basic Books.
GEERTZ, C. (1989). Works and Lives: the anthropologist as author. Cambridge. Polity.
GLASER, B. & STRAUSS, A. (1967). The discovery of Grounded Theory: strategies for qualitative research. New York. Aldine Publishing Company.
KRESS, G. (2010). Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication. London. Routledge.
LATHER, P (1991) Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy within the Postmodern, New York, London: Routledge
SCOTT, D. AND USHER, R. (2011) Researching Education: Data, Methods and Theory in Educational Enquiry, Continuum
SILVERMAN, D. (2011). Interpreting Qualitative Data: A guide to the principles of qualitative research. Fourth Edition. London. Sage.
TURNBULL, D. (2000). Masons, Tricksters and Cartographers: makers of knowledge and space. London. Taylor & Francis.
WHITEMAN, N. (2012). Undoing Ethics: rethinking practice in online research. New York. Springer.