Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach
Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Second Edition provides researchers and students with a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. A bestseller in its First Edition, this invaluable book presents an innovative approach to the components of design and how they interact with each other. The text presents a clear strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design components and highlights key design issues. Based on a course the author taught for seven years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the work is written in an informal, jargon-free style and incorporates many examples and hands-on exercises.
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A Model for Qualitative Research Design
The Evolution of a Research Design
The Organization of This Book
The Exercises in This Book
Goals Why Are You Doing This Study?
Personal Practical and Intellectual Goals
Using Personal Experience to Choose a Dissertation Topic
Instrumentalist Questions and Realist Questions
Variance Questions and Process Questions
Developing Research Questions
Methods What Will You Actually Do?
Structured and Unstructured Approaches
Negotiating Research Relationships
Negotiating Relationships in a Practitioner Research Study
Reflecting on Your Research Relationship
The Importance of Personal Values and Identity
What Goals Can Qualitative Research Help You Achieve?
Deciding on a Dissertation Topic
Exercise 21 Researcher Identity Memo
Researcher Identity Memo for a Study of Educational Reform in Bolivia
Conceptual Framework What Do You Think Is Going On?
Connecting With a Research Paradigm
Identity Memo on Diversity
How One Researcher Used Her Personal Experience to Refocus Her Research Problem
Using Existing Theory
Creating a Concept Map for Your Study
Other Uses of Existing Research
Pilot and Exploratory Studies
How a Student Used a Pilot Study to Help Design Her Dissertation Research
Using a Thought Experiment to Develop a Theory of the Persistence of Illiteracy
Creating a Model of the Development of Friendship Patterns
Research Questions What Do You Want to Understand?
The Development of Research Questions
The Functions of Research Questions
Research Questions and Other Kinds of Questions
Research Hypotheses in Qualitative Designs
Generic Questions and Particularistic Questions
Site and Participant Selection
Decisions About Data Collection
Decisions About Data Analysis
A Mismatch Between Questions and Analysis
Linking Methods and Questions
Validity How Might You Be Wrong?
The Concept of Validity
Bias and Reactivity
Identifying and Dealing With Validity Threats
Generalization in Qualitative Research
Research Proposals Presenting and Justifying a Qualitative Study
The Purpose of a Proposal
The Proposal as an Argument
The Relationship Between Research Design and Proposal Argument
A Model for Proposal Argument
The Argument of a Dissertation Proposal
An Outline of a Dissertation Proposal Argument
Developing a Proposal Argument
An Example of a Qualitative Proposal
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