Research in the College Context: Approaches and Methods

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Reference - 235 pages

This book provides faculty members, students, and research practitioners in the college environment with a handbook of diverse approaches and methods for researching higher education and college students. From interviews, surveys, and focus groups to powerful national databases and new internet resources, this book considers both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, offering the reader a variety of research tools. Each technique is thoroughly presented, and includes ethical considerations, helpful directions for designing research projects, tips for conducting data collection, and analysis and formats for clearly representing findings. Clearly organized and easily accessible, this volume is the essential guide for both the experiences and the novice researcher.

 

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Contents

What Is Your Question?
3
What Is Your Research Approach?
19
The Ethnographic Interview
35
Focus Group Interviews
49
Unobtrusive Measures
63
Document Analysis
83
Historical Methods
97
Visual Methods
115
Legal Research Methods
129
Secondary Analysis of Data
153
Policy Analysis
169
Using and Enhancing Existing Data to Respond to Campus Challenges
183
Reporting Results
211
Author Index
225
Subject Index
231
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Frances K. Stage is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Graduate Program at New York University. She has taught classes in research design, and case study analysis. She specializes in college student learning and student participation in the math/science majors.

Kathleen Manning is Associate Professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Vermont, specializing in the areas of cultural pluralism, organizational analysis and campus cultures. Her courses include Qualitative Research Methods, Feminist Methodology and Research Design. Her specialty content areas within education and student affairs include cultural pluralism, organizational analysis, and campus cultures.

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