Understanding and Evaluating Qualitative Educational Research

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Marilyn Lichtman
SAGE, Apr 13, 2010 - Education - 313 pages
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Illustrating the techniques of qualitative research to help readers learn to read, analyze, and design studies themselves

Taking a well-rounded and practical look at qualitative educational research, this book focuses on the diverse ways that qualitative researchers design their studies, and illustrates the wide range of techniques with myriad examples. Each example within a category of qualitative research—ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, case study, action research, narrative, and mixed methods—is accompanied by commentary from the editor regarding the particular approach used. The text concludes with an "Issues and Concepts" section that addresses issues that are at the forefront of this rapidly changing field.

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  • Distinguishes among major qualitative research approaches to help readers connect qualitative methods with completed research studies
  • Shows students how to read, analyze, and design their own qualitative research studies
  • Covers current issues in qualitative educational research

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Part I Qualitative Research Approaches
Chapter 1 Reading Ethnography
Chapter 2 Reading Grounded Theory
Chapter 3 Reading Phenomenology
Chapter 4 Reading Case Studies
Chapter 5 Reading Action Research
Chapter 6 Reading Narrative
Chapter 7 Reading Mixed Methods
Chapter 9 Qualitative Research in the New Millennium
Chapter 10 Standards for Evaluating Qualitative Research
Chapter 11 Review Boards Research Ethics and Academic Freedom
Chapter 12 Writing Up Results
Chapter 13 Reflexivity
Chapter 14 Negotiating Through Graduate School
Reading Writing and Thinking About Qualitative Research

Part II Issues at the Forefront of the Qualitative Research Field
Chapter 8 Clarifying Research Approaches
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Marilyn Lichtman is a retired professor of educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech at both the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and at the graduate campus in Falls Church, Virginia. After attending The University of Chicago as an undergraduate, she moved to Washington, D.C. She completed all her degrees at The George Washington University, receiving her doctorate in educational research. She taught both qualitative and quantitative research courses while at The Catholic University of America and Virginia Tech. She is a regular user of the Internet and social media and was an early contributor to teaching qualitative courses online. She is currently on the editorial boards of The Qualitative Report and Forum: Qualitative Social Research (FQS), both online journals devoted to qualitative issues. She has served as a consultant to many school systems, private companies, and government agencies. She has traveled extensively throughout the world. Currently she serves on the docent council at the Corcoran gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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