This invaluable book presents an innovative approach to qualitative design that emphasizes the components of a design and how these interact with each other and the environment in which the study is situated. A clear strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design components is provided and key design issues are highlighted.
These design issues include: clarifying the purposes of the study; creating a theoretical context for the research; formulating research questions; developing a relationship with the people being studied; making decisions about sampling, data collection and analysis; and assessing validity threats and alternative explanations to the study's conclusions.
In addition, the book explains how
After teaching qualitative research design and methods for seven years at Harvard, Maxwell has come to the conclusion that thoughtful research design should precede proposal writing, a turn of events unique in conducting qualitative research. He presents his approach by defining what researchers really do, from constructing a theoretical framework and deciding on data collection methods to anticipating potential validity threats to a conclusion. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Joseph A. Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, where he teaches courses on research design and methods. He is the author of Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (Sage, 1996), as well as papers on qualitative methodology, mixed method research, socio-cultural theory, and medical education. He has also worked extensively in applied settings. He has given seminars and workshops on teaching qualitative research methods and on using qualitative methods in various applied fields, and has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Europe, and China. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.
A Model for Qualitative Research Design
Why Are You Doing This Study?
What Do You Think Is Going On?
What Do You Want to Understand?
What Will You Actually Do?
How Might You Be Wrong?
Presenting and Justifying a Qualitative Study