Designing Qualitative Research / Edition 5

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Overview

Completely revised and updated, this second edition of Designing Qualitative Research offers systematic guidance in the conceptual processes and methodological strategies for developing sound, defensible proposals for qualitative research. It features lucid discussions on the critical traditions within qualitative inquiry, showing how this critique expands the scope of possible research strategies; conceptualizations of researchers' roles; and possibilities for more collaborative ways of doing qualitative research. A new chapter organization highlights the important topics of data collection methods, data management and analysis, and resource allocation decisions, all of which are revised, updated, and feature fresh, new examples. New and updated vignettes provide illustrations that take the reader through the complex processes of proposal development. In addition, completely new sections on beginning the proposal process and assessing the feasibility of a proposed study are included.

Addresses framing the research question/designing the research/data collection methods/managing resources/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher J. Lucas
"This useful stand by benefits from it's latest revisions, overall an invaluable teaching resource in qualitative research methodology."
Booknews
Written to be accessible to students, researchers, and policy planners across disciplines, this guide details the step-by-step process of building a proposal; collecting, recording, managing, and analyzing data; and defending the value and logic of research. Postmodernist, feminist, and ethical concerns are incorporated into the work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Jon Travis
"This is a handy, practical text for newcomers to qualitative research who are preparing a proposal."
Catherine Mc Gregor
"This is by far the most readable text on methodology I've used in my work with education graduate students. Its careful, detailed and rich explanation of the research process makes it a crucial tool for anyone working with students who are ready to begin the process of qualitative research. But it is the thick, authentic descriptions of researchers actively engaging in the puzzles and dilemmas of doing complex, ethical, and socially powerful research that makes it an invaluable guide for the student at all stages in their research process. It is a text that a student will return to over and over again, and become that dog eared companion that accompanies them from the beginning to end of their research journey."
Ifeoma Amah

“A student friendly book that would have been beneficial to my own research development in graduate school.”

Le Ann Putney
“The authors create a mosaic of qualitative research procedures using text, tables, figures, and vignettes that move the reader between the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting quality research.”
Mary Jean Herzog

“This text will be helpful to graduate students when they first encounter qualitative research and its possibilities. It is both practical and philosophical, and it provides useful advice on strategies to embrace and pitfalls to avoid.”

Catherine McGregor
"This is by far the most readable text on methodology I've used in my work with education graduate students. Its careful, detailed and rich explanation of the research process makes it a crucial tool for anyone working with students who are ready to begin the process of qualitative research. But it is the thick, authentic descriptions of researchers actively engaging in the puzzles and dilemmas of doing complex, ethical, and socially powerful research that makes it an invaluable guide for the student at all stages in their research process. It is a text that a student will return to over and over again, and become that dog eared companion that accompanies them from the beginning to end of their research journey."
LeAnn Putney

“The authors create a mosaic of qualitative research procedures using text, tables, figures, and vignettes that move the reader between the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting quality research.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412970440
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 229,383
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Marshall is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Formerly a teacher in Rhode Island, her studies and career moves include doctoral studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University before moving in 1991 to Chapel Hill. Her teaching and research interests include the use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze school cultures, state policy systems, and the professional development of adults working in organizations. She has published extensively about the politics of education, qualitative methodology, and women's access to careers as well as about the socialization, language, and values in educational leadership. She is the author of Reframing Educational Politics for Social Justice (Allyn & Bacon, 2004); Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolutions in Education, Culture and Education Policy in the American States (Allyn & Bacon, 2005); and Designing Qualitative Research, Fifth Edition (SAGE, 2010), as well as a number of other books and numerous journal articles.

Gretchen B. Rossman is Professor of International Education at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in higher education administration. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts, she was Senior Research Associate at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia. With an international reputation as a qualitative methodologist, she has expertise in qualitative research design and methods, mixed-methods monitoring and evaluation, and inquiry in education. Over the past 25 years, she has coauthored nine books, authored or coauthored more than 40 articles, book chapters, and technical reports focused on methodological issues in qualitative research syntheses, validity in qualitative research, mixed-methods evaluation practice, and ethical research practice, as well as the analysis and evaluation of educational reform initiatives both in the United States and internationally.

Professor Rossman has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several international projects in countries such as Azerbaijan, India, Malawi, and more, as well as external evaluator on several domestic projects, including a Department of Education-funded reform initiative, a National Science Foundation-funded middle-grades science initiative, and a number of projects implementing more inclusive practices for students with disabilities.

She regularly presents papers at the annual meetings of the American Evaluation Association, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Comparative and International Education Society. She recently completed a two-year term serving as program cochair (with Sharon Rallis) for the qualitative research section of AERA's Division on Research Methodology.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Vignettes
Preface to the Third Edition
1 Introduction 1
2 The "What" of the Study: Building the Conceptual Framework 21
3 The "How" of the Study: Building the Research Design 55
4 Data Collection Methods 105
5 Recording, Managing, and Analyzing Data 147
6 Planning Time and Resources 167
7 Defending the Value and Logic of Qualitative Research 191
References 205
Author Index 214
Subject Index 218
About the Authors 223
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