9780801316333

Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction

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    9780801316333

  • ISBN10:

    0801316332

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/1999
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

As educators and social researchers have become more familiar with the promise of qualitative inquiry, so do students need a strong foundation of qualitative research methods. Offering a comprehensive overview of qualitative research in a user-friendly format, this text provides an excellent harmony between qualitative theory and the practicalities of actually conducting qualitative research. Exercises offer beginning students the opportunity to explore issues inherent in conducting qualitative inquiry as well as to practice and refine the skills of qualitative researchers. The wealth of examples and exercises in the text is exceptional, as is the writing style.

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits
ix
Introduction: A Sense of Things to Come xi
Acknowledgments xv
Meeting Qualitative Inquiry
1(16)
Beginnings
1(2)
Searching
3(1)
Ways of Knowing
4(2)
A Research Home
6(2)
The Variability of Qualitative Inquiry
8(7)
What Is to Come
15(1)
Exercise
16(1)
Notes
16(1)
Prestudy Tasks: Doing What Is Good for You
17(26)
The Research Topic
18(1)
Review of Literature
19(3)
Theoretical Context
22(2)
Research Statement and Questions
24(1)
Site Selection
25(3)
Selection of Study Participants
28(3)
Selection of Research Techniques
31(1)
Validity Issues
32(1)
The Time Frame
33(2)
The Lay Summary
35(3)
The Pilot Study
38(1)
Gaining Access
39(2)
Researcher Roles
41(1)
Exercises
42(1)
Being There: Developing Understanding Through Participant Observation
43(24)
The Participant-Observation Continuum
44(1)
Participant-Observation Goals
45(1)
The Participant-Observation Process
46(10)
Other Fieldwork Allies: Collaborators, Photographs, and Documents
56(4)
The Participant Observer's Role
60(6)
Exercises
66(1)
Making Words Fly: Developing Understanding Through Interviewing
67(28)
Interviewing: An Interaction
67(2)
Developing Questions
69(6)
Setting Up to Interview
75(5)
The Nature of Interviewing
80(2)
Interviewer Attributes
82(8)
Some Typical Problems
90(2)
Concluding Considerations
92(1)
Exercises
93(2)
The Personal Dimension: Rapport and Subjectivity
95(18)
Definitions of Rapport
95(1)
Factors Bearing on Rapport
96(2)
Developing and Maintaining Rapport Safety Valves
98(4)
Rapport and Friendship
102(3)
Subjective Lenses
105(4)
Monitoring and Using Subjectivity
109(1)
Intersubjectivity
110(1)
Rapport and Subjectivity
111(1)
Exercises
111(1)
Notes
112(1)
But Is It Ethical? Learning to Do Right
113(17)
Ethical Codes
114(2)
Informed Consent
116(1)
Researcher Roles and Ethical Dilemmas
117(5)
The Researcher-Other Relationship
122(6)
No Easy Solutions
128(1)
Exercises
129(1)
Finding Your Story: Data Analysis
130(25)
Early Data Analysis
130(5)
Later Data Analysis: Entering the Code Mines
135(5)
Displaying Data
140(5)
Using Computers
145(4)
Making Connections
149(2)
Trustworthiness of Your Interpretations
151(2)
Conclusions
153(1)
Exercises
154(1)
Writing Your Story: What Your Data Say
155(20)
Roles of the Writer
155(3)
Strategies for Writing
158(6)
The Text: Questions of Style
164(8)
Responsibilities of the Writer
172(2)
Exercise
174(1)
Improvising a Song of the World: Language and Representation
175(18)
Reflexivity The Researcher and the Researched
176(1)
The Researcher's Language
177(1)
The Researcher's Representations
178(1)
The Art of Re-presentation
179(2)
Autoethnography
181(2)
Poetic Transcription
183(4)
Drama
187(2)
Short Story
189(1)
Taking Risks
190(1)
Exercises
191(1)
Notes
192(1)
The Continuing Search
193(8)
Becoming Qualitative Researchers: The Personal Context
193(2)
Applications of Qualitative Research: The Outcomes of Your Search
195(4)
Concluding Words
199(1)
Exercises
199(2)
Appendix: Web Resources 201(2)
References 203(14)
Name Index 217(3)
Subject Index 220

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