IPA or Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is a qualitative research method which it is said is becoming increasingly more popular with researchers. Like the other books under the heading of Research Methods, this book guides students through a detailed, step-by-step method to conducting research using an IPA approach, and includes in its chapters study design, data collection and interviewing, data analysis and writing up.
What stands out for me in this valuable book is the extent to which their three authors have used their wide-ranging educational and professional experiences with the view to illustrate practically how to approach the qualitative research method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. In this instance, it may help to see how IPA as a research method was applied to Health and Illness, Sex and Sexuality, Psychological Distress or Life Transitions and Identity.
Despite, and perhaps because of, IPA becoming quite popular with PhD students and researchers alike, some important considerations must be brought up about its validity as a research method. The authors in this book are reassuringly quite honest about this side of IPA as their critics allow us to understand the consequences and limitations of what we are doing when we are doing research, something the researcher is expected to have recognised as part of his thesis.
In this book also, the reader will find a useful summary of the theoretical foundations of IPA with thinkers including Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre. Combining this book with the others from the same section should provide students with enough theoretical understanding to begin writing confidently about what and why they choose their particular method of research.
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- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (21 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1412908345
- ISBN-13: 978-1412908344