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Becoming Qualitative Researchers : An Introduction

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4th
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9780205458387

ISBN10:
0205458386
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2011
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

This text offers a brief but comprehensive overview of qualitative research that balances the practicalities of conducting research and the theory and debates that keep qualitative inquiry vibrant. As faculty and students increasingly turn to qualitative inquiry, they need a text that will not only provide them with an understanding of qualitative research methods, but also open them to the diverse possibilities within this inquiry approach. This text covers the range of possibilities along with numerous exercises that offer beginning students the opportunity to practice and refine the skills of being a qualitative researcher. The wealth of examples in the text is exceptional, as is the accessible writing style.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Sense of Things to Come viii
Acknowledgments x
Meeting Qualitative Inquiry
1(20)
Beginnings
1(2)
Searching
3(1)
Ways of Knowing
4(4)
A Bit of Historical Context
8(3)
Varied Modes
11(2)
Participant-Oriented Research
13(5)
The Postmodern Context
18(1)
What Is to Come
19(1)
Exercise
20(1)
Prestudy Tasks: Doing What Is Good for You
21(28)
The Research Topic
22(2)
Review of Literature
24(3)
Theoretical Context
27(2)
Research Statement and Questions
29(2)
Site Selection
31(3)
Selection of Study Participants
34(2)
Selection of Research Techniques
36(1)
Validity Issues
37(1)
The Time Frame
38(2)
The Lay Summary
40(3)
The Pilot Study
43(1)
Gaining Access
44(2)
Researcher Roles
46(2)
Exercises
48(1)
Being There: Developing Understanding through Participant Observation
49(30)
The Participant-Observation Continuum
49(2)
Participant-Observation Goals
51(1)
The Participant-Observation Process
52(11)
Other Fieldwork Allies: Photographs, Documents, and Artifacts
63(6)
The Participant Observer's Role
69(7)
Considerations
76(1)
Exercises
77(2)
Making Words Fly: Developing Understanding through Interviewing
79(30)
Interviewing: An Interaction
79(2)
Developing Questions
81(5)
Setting Up to Interview
86(4)
The Nature of Interviewing
90(3)
Interviewer Attributes
93(7)
Some Typical Problems
100(2)
Focus Group Interviews
102(2)
Considerations
104(3)
Exercises
107(2)
The Personal Dimension: Rapport, Subjectivity, and Reflexivity
109(20)
Definitions of Rapport
109(1)
Factors Bearing on Rapport
110(2)
Developing and Maintaining Rapport
112(4)
Rapport and Friendship
116(3)
Subjective Lenses
119(4)
Monitoring and Using Subjectivity
123(2)
Reflexivity
125(2)
Rapport, Subjectivity, and Reflexivity
127(1)
Exercises
127(2)
But Is It Ethical? Learning to Do Right
129(18)
Ethical Codes
130(2)
Informed Consent
132(1)
Researcher Roles and Ethical Dilemmas
133(5)
The Researcher-Researched Relationship
138(7)
No Easy Solutions
145(1)
Exercises
146(1)
Finding Your Story: Data Analysis
147(26)
Early Data Analysis
148(4)
Later Data Analysis: Entering the Code Mines
152(3)
Displaying Data
155(5)
Using Computers
160(4)
Making Connections
164(2)
Trustworthiness of Your Interpretations
166(3)
Considerations
169(1)
Reflections
170(1)
Exercises
171(2)
Writing Your Story: What Your Data Say
173(20)
Roles of the Writer
173(3)
Strategies for Writing
176(6)
The Text: Questions of Style
182(9)
Responsibilities of the Writer
191(1)
Exercise
192(1)
Improvising a Song of the World: Language and Representation
193(18)
The Tale and the Teller
194(1)
The Researcher's Language
195(1)
The Researcher's Representations
196(1)
The Art of Re-presentation
197(2)
Autoethnography
199(1)
Poetic Transcription
200(5)
Drama
205(2)
Short Story
207(1)
Taking Risks
208(2)
Exercises
210(1)
The Continuing Search
211(10)
Becoming Qualitative Researchers: The Personal Context
211(2)
Applications of Qualitative Research: The Research Manuscript
213(3)
Using the Research Process
216(1)
Using Qualitative Research to Learn About Yourself
217(1)
Creating and Deepening Relationships
218(2)
Concluding Words
220(1)
Exercises
220(1)
Appendix: Guide for Developing a Qualitative Research Proposal 221(2)
References 223(18)
Name Index 241(2)
Subject Index 243


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