Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction / Edition 4

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Offering a comprehensive overview of qualitative research in a user-friendly format, this book provides an excellent harmony between qualitative theory and the practicalities of actually conducting qualitative research. Exercises offer beginning students the opportunity to explore issues inherent in conducting qualitative inquiry as well as to practice and refine the skills of qualitative researchers. The wealth of examples and exercises in the text is exceptional, as is the writing style.
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Editorial Reviews

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“I think it’s a great text: accessible, but sophisticated treatment of issues … the style is excellent and the writing extraordinarily clear. The mix of examples from Glesne’s own research (which shows how she has moved from approach to approach in qualitative work) and her students’ research are very informative.”

-- Lynne Hamer, University of Toledo

“[T]he book is engaging, accessible, and comprehensive.... I particularly appreciate Glesne's attention to terminology … The tools, examples, matrices, diagrams, and glossary add a valuable dimension to teaching qualitative research.”

— Anita Wadhwa, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“[Becoming Qualitative Researchers] expertly conveys the complex nature of doing qualitative research, complete with the joys and challenges, without driving students away. … They leave intrigued and encouraged, despite understanding how complex and time consuming it is…. I get students from several other disciplines including social work, public health, nursing, … they appreciate the fact that there are other examples of research in the text that come from outside the field of education.”

— Michelle Lorraine Jay, University of South Carolina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137047970
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Corrine Glesne is a qualitative research methodologist and educational anthropologist, Corrine Glesne has conducted ethnographic research in the United States and abroad. Her text Becoming Qualitative Researchers has been translated into several languages, including Turkish and Chinese. In 2014, she was asked to give the keynote at the Eurasian Educational Research Congress, held in Istanbul. Corrine was a professor at the University of Vermont for seventeen years. Later, as a traveling professor with an international educational program, she taught and accompanied undergraduates to India, the Philippines, Mexico, New Zealand, and England. In 2011, she embarked on a year-long, multi-site qualitative study of the “exemplary” academic art museum for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, resulting in her book The Exemplary Museum: Art and Academia (2013, MuseumsEtc). Corrine did her doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Her home is in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Sense of Things to Come.

1. Meeting Qualitative Inquiry.

2. Pre-study Tasks: Doing What is Good For You.

3. Being There: Developing Understanding Through Participant Observation.

4. Making Words Fly: Developing Understanding Through Interviewing.

5. The Personal Dimension: Rapport and Subjectivity.

6. But is it Ethical? Learning to do Right.

7. Finding Your Story: Data Analysis.

8. Writing Your Story: What Your Data Say.

9. Improvising a Song of the World: Language and Representation.

10. The Continuing Odyssey.

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