Qualitative research for education: an introduction to theory and methods

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Allyn and Bacon, 2003 - Education - 291 pages
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This concise, applied, and very clearly written introduction to qualitative research methods can be used effectively in a semester, or year-long course. The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a background for understanding the uses of qualitative research in education (and other professions) to examine its theoretical and historical underpinnings, and to provide the "how-to's" of doing qualitative research. This new edition places qualitative research within current debates about research methods and alternative ways of knowing. While the authors approach the subject from a sociological perspective, they also take care to reflect the many changes in conceptualization of qualitative research brought by post-structural and feminist thought.

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Contents

Traditions of Qualitative Research
7
Theoretical Underpinnings
21
Eleven Common Questions about Qualitative Research
32
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STEVEN J. TAYLOR is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and Sociology and Director of the Center on Human Policy, a disability research and policy institute, at Syracuse University. He has published widely on qualitative sociology, social and cultural aspects of disability, and disability policy. He is the Editor of Mental Retardation, a journal published by the American Association on Mental Retar-dation (AAMR), and received AAMR's 1997 Research Award.

ROBERT BOGDAN is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and Sociology at Syracuse University. He also serves as Director of the Social Sciences Doctoral Program and is a long-time associate of the Center on Human Policy. He has published numerous books and articles on qualitative research methods, disability studies, and the sociology of education. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Freak Show.

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