A New Era in Focus Group Research

Challenges, Innovation and Practice

  • Rosaline S. Barbour
  • David L. Morgan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Using Focus Groups in New Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Laurence Kohn, Wendy Christiaens
      Pages 35-58
    3. Monique M. Hennink
      Pages 59-82
  3. Capitalizing on Focus Groups in Mixed Methods Contexts

  4. Innovations in Focus Group Facilitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Claire Thompson, Daniel J Lewis, Stephanie J C Taylor
      Pages 207-225
    3. Jennifer Wooten
      Pages 251-275
  5. Theoretical Developments

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 421-433

About this book


This volume provides a critical approach to using focus groups, examining how focus groups have been utilized to research a diverse set of research questions covering a broad spectrum of substantive fields. The collection acknowledges the tensions between different research traditions, disciplinary emphases, funding climates, cultural, political, and ethical contexts, and the ever-changing policy backdrop. Contributors to this book encourage researchers to question and surmount disciplinary and terminological labels and disputes in order to capitalize on the full potential of focus groups, to illuminate the complex collaborative processes involved in forming, debating, contesting, and revising opinions; making decisions; and forging identities. 

The four sections that comprise this collection address, respectively, using focus groups in novel contexts; employing focus groups in mixed methods research designs; innovations in generating focus group data; and new theoretical developments. 

A New Era in Focus Group Research will be of interest to students and scholars across disciplines as well as focus group practitioners outside of academia. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rosaline S. Barbour
    • 1
  • David L. Morgan
    • 2
  1. 1.WELSThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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