"Stretching" Exercises for Qualitative Researchers

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SAGE, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 271 pages
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In this updated version of her innovative and distinctive book, author Valerie J. Janesick has extended the metaphor of dance and arts to yoga as an art form to strengthen her argument that tapping into one's artistic side--the side that is more creative and less inhibited--is a fundamental prerequisite for realizing one's potential as a researcher. Janesick provides a series of exercises, which can be used inside and outside the classroom, that are both artistically inspired and immensely practical. Thoroughly classroom tested, these exercises demystify the research process and help the researcher become a more active observer, interviewer, and learner.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Some Notes on Theory
8
My Theoretical Background
9
Hindsight
12
How to Use This Book
14
Bibliography
15
The Observation Cycle Selected Exercises
17
Observing a Still Life Scene
18
The Analysis Cycle Making Sense of the Data Intuition Ethics and Other Issues
105
The Qualitative Researcher as Historian
106
The Qualitative Researcher as User of All of Ones Senses Including the Intuitive Sense
107
Serendipity
108
Checkpoints for Data Analysis Reporting and Interpretation
109
Sample Ethical Dilemmas
110
Intuition and Creativity in Research
111
Lessons for Today
116

Ten Minutes Worth
21
Constructing a Reflective Portfolio
23
Types of Portfolios
25
Portfolio Contents
27
Physical Description of This Setting
28
Observation in the Home or Workplace
29
Description of a Familiar Person or a Stranger
30
Lessons Learned for the Professional Development of the Educator in Training
31
Critical Case Study
33
Missing Dad
39
Observing at an Art Museum or at a Movie
47
Observing an Animal at Home the Zoo or a Pet Shop
49
Drawing to Become a Better Observer Drawing Upside Down
50
NonParticipant Observation Assignment
52
Gastons Gourmet Goodies
53
Selected Readings
64
Next Steps
66
The Observation Cycle
68
The Interview Cycle
71
Two People Talking Communicating and Constructing Meaning
72
Preparing Questions
73
Examples of Interview Questions From a Recent Dissertation
74
Interviewing Someone You Know
75
Interviewing a Stranger
76
The Focus Group Interview
78
Analyzing Interview Data
85
Personal Development and the Role of the Researcher
89
Variations on Writing Your Name
90
The Camera as an Extension of the Eye the Eye as an Extension of the Soul
92
Building a Collage My Role as a Researcher
93
Constructing a YaYa Box or Making a Quilt Patch
94
Writing the Reflective Journal
95
Reflective Journal Writing Practice
96
Haiku and Any Form of Poetry and the Role of the Researcher
97
Framed Photograph Exercise
101
Personal Development and the Role of the Researcher
103
Writing the Qualitative Dissertation
120
Attributes of the Qualitative Researcher
123
Electronic and Other Resources for the Qualitative Researcher
124
Qualitative Research Software Sources
133
QR Regular Journals
141
Introducing the Researcher Reflective Journal
142
Exercise to Start You on Your Researcher Reflective Journal
149
Future Directions
155
Interpretation
156
Some Thoughts on Qualitative Researchers Interacting With Institutional Review Boards
157
Sample Institutional Review Board Application
160
Summary of This Section
169
Sample Letter to Participants
172
Examples of Researcher Reflective Journals
174
Field Notes From the First Days in the Field
188
Qualitative Research Methods Two Sample Syllabi
210
Sample Mini Projects From Various Classes
225
Sample Consent Forms
226
Samples of Member Check Forms
227
A Sample Peer Reviewer Form
228
Sample Major Sections From a Qualitative Dissertation Proposal
229
Sample Schema for a Literature Review
233
Sample Sets of Themes and Categories From the Technology Study
234
Samples of Interview Transcripts Edited
236
Sample Original Categories and Codes Based on Interviews Observations and Journal Entries
244
Final Categories and Codes
246
Final Major Themes and Subthemes Identified From the Data
247
Sample Alternative Field Note Style for Taking Notes During Interviews
248
Sample Reflections Written After the Preliminary Notes
251
Conducting Qualitative Interviews Rules of Thumb
253
An Example of Constructing a Model
254
Cost for a Recently Completed Qualitative Dissertation A Learning Tool
255
Bibliography
257
Index
263
About the Author
271
Copyright

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Valerie J. Janesick (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa. She teaches classes in Qualitative Research Methods, Curriculum Theory and Inquiry, Foundations of Curriculum, Issues in Curriculum, Ethics and Educational Leadership. Her text, Stretching Exercises for Qualitative Researchers 2nd edition, (2004) Sage Publications, includes ways to integrate the arts in qualitative research projects. She is working on a 3rd edition at the moment to add the technology connections and the use of poetry to represent interview data. Her writings have been published in Curriculum Inquiry, Qualitative Inquiry, Anthropology and Education Quarterly and other major journals. Her chapters in the Handbook of Qualitative Research 1st edition and 2nd editions use Dance and the Arts as a metaphor for understanding research. She is completing oral history interviews of female school superintendents as part of a larger project on women leaders. Her recent chapter on Dewey and the arts and education can be found in the Sage (2007) Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Inquiry: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples and Issues. Her latest book is Oral History for the Qualitative Researcher: Choreographing the Story, Guilford Press (2010).

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