Kakali Bhattacharya (2017) effortlessly advances the pedagogical literature on qualitative research. As a scholar-practitioner of the field of criminal justice, a recent doctoral graduate, and a qualitative methodologist, reading this book allowed me to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses in conducting qualitative inquiry. This review presents the primary intent of the book, which is to be a supplemental text for an introductory qualitative research methods course. Bhattacharya (2017) offers a succinct and straightforward recipe to improve one’s understanding of qualitative research methods, as well as provides best practices while doing so. This book is the perfect roadmap for the instructor who is asked to facilitate his or her first qualitative research methods course to follow or for a student to supplement their course text.


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The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Liberty University. My review of this text was wholly independent and voluntary. I was not contacted by the author of the text nor the publisher. On the contrary, I felt a sense of responsibility to provide this review after reading this book for professional development. I am a 16-year scholar-practitioner in the field of criminal justice and currently an adjunct professor for Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, VA, where I teach graduate and undergraduate level criminal justice and homeland security courses. I have diverse experiences, knowledge, and expertise from the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research traditions. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: jladams5@liberty.edu.

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