Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach / Edition 3

Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach / Edition 3

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by Joseph A. Maxwell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412981190

ISBN-13: 9781412981194

Pub. Date: 06/12/2012

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Third Edition provides researchers and students with a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. Joseph A. Maxwell shows how the components of design interact with each other, and provides a strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design

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Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Third Edition provides researchers and students with a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. Joseph A. Maxwell shows how the components of design interact with each other, and provides a strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design components, highlighting key design issues. Written in an informal, jargon-free style, the book incorporates examples and hands-on exercises.

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ISBN-13:
9781412981194
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Applied Social Research Methods Series, #41
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
179,803
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Preface to the First Editionxi
1A Model for Qualitative Research Design1
Example 1.1The Evolution of a Research Design7
The Organization of This Book10
The Exercises in This Book11
Notes13
2Goals: Why Are You Doing This Study?15
Personal, Practical, and Intellectual Goals16
Example 2.1Using Personal Experience to Choose a Dissertation Topic17
Example 2.2The Importance of Personal Values and Identity19
What Goals Can Qualitative Research Help You Achieve?22
Example 2.3Deciding on a Dissertation Topic25
Exercise 2.1Researcher Identity Memo27
Example 2.4Researcher Identity Memo for a Study of Educational Reform in Bolivia28
Note32
3Conceptual Framework: What Do You Think Is Going On?33
Connecting With a Research Paradigm36
Experiential Knowledge37
Example 3.1Identity Memo on Diversity39
Example 3.2How One Researcher Used Her Personal Experience to Refocus Her Research Problem41
Prior Theory and Research41
Example 3.3Using Existing Theory44
Concept Maps46
Exercise 3.1Creating a Concept Map for Your Study52
Other Uses of Existing Research55
Pilot and Exploratory Studies56
Example 3.4How a Student Used a Pilot Study to Help Design Her Dissertation Research57
Thought Experiments58
Example 3.5Using a Thought Experiment to Develop a Theory of the Persistence of Illiteracy59
Exercise 3.2Creating a Model of the Development of Friendship Patterns60
Notes63
4Research Questions: What Do You Want to Understand?65
Example 4.1The Development of Research Questions66
The Functions of Research Questions67
Research Questions and Other Kinds of Questions68
Research Hypotheses in Qualitative Designs69
Generic Questions and Particularistic Questions70
Instrumentalist Questions and Realist Questions72
Variance Questions and Process Questions74
Developing Research Questions76
Exercise 4.1Developing Your Research Questions76
5Methods: What Will You Actually Do?79
Structured and Unstructured Approaches80
Negotiating Research Relationships82
Example 5.1Negotiating Relationships in a Practitioner Research Study85
Exercise 5.1Reflecting on Your Research Relationships86
Site and Participant Selection87
Decisions About Data Collection91
Decisions About Data Analysis95
Strategies for Qualitative Data Analysis95
Example 5.2A Mismatch Between Questions and Analysis99
Linking Methods and Questions102
Exercise 5.2Questions and Methods Matrix102
Notes103
6Validity: How Might You Be Wrong?105
The Concept of Validity106
Two Specific Validity Threats: Bias and Reactivity108
Validity Tests: A Checklist109
Exercise 6.1Identifying and Dealing With Validity Threats114
Generalization in Qualitative Research115
Notes116
7Research Proposals: Presenting and Justifying a Qualitative Study117
The Purpose of a Proposal118
The Proposal as an Argument119
The Relationship Between Research Design and Proposal Argument120
A Model for Proposal Structure121
Example 7.1The Argument of a Dissertation Proposal129
Example 7.2An Outline of a Dissertation Proposal Argument131
Exercise 7.1Developing a Proposal Argument135
Notes137
AppendixAn Example of a Qualitative Proposal139
References159
Index167
About the Author175

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