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.
- 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
SAGE Publications; April 2010
- ISBN: 9781452212968
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Understanding and Evaluating Qualitative Educational Research
- Author: Marilyn V. Lichtman
Imprint: SAGE Publications, Inc
In The Press
The friendly, accessible tone of the book invites otherwise intimidated students to engage with qualitative research. Reading Dr. Lichtman's personal notes alongside the text provides support in understanding concepts that might have been overlooked by the novice. It is as if the reader has a personal "professor" guiding them through this new territory.
The book is also easy to navigate. The author clearly prepared readers for what was to come by previewing each chapter, explaining the organization of each chapter as well as the book itself. The references utilized in writing this book include the heroes of the qualitative world, such as Lincoln, Creswell, and Denzin.
Knowing that the readers of this book are most likely students, the author gives advice regarding how to inject life into the writing of research and encourages the use of engaging, stimulating communication skills. Students are even provided sage advice for navigating through graduate school.