Qualitative Research in Education: A User's Guide, Second Edition brings together the essential elements of qualitative research, including traditions and influences in the field and practical, step-by-step coverage of each stage of the research process. Synthesizing the best thinking on conducting qualitative research in education, Marilyn Lichtman uses a conversational writing style that draws readers into the excitement of the research process. --from publisher description.
"Marilyn Lichtman's new and engaging book, Qualitative Research in Education, A User's Guide, is the latest text to expand on the merits of qualitative research. Lichtman includes multiple examples of observational, interview and case study approaches, all very useful and based on her extensive teaching experience. Lichtman's book is the most sensibly intelligent book on research since Jacques Barzun's The Modern Researcher, first published in 1957 and now in its 6th edition."
I teach an early childhood education research method course at the University of Memphis, and last semester I used Dr. Marilyn Lichtman’s book published in 2006, (Qualitative Research in Education). I cannot tell you how much the students in my graduate class and I appreciated her writing since I am always looking for appropriate books to use for this class (ECED8/7108 Seminar in Early childhood Education: Qualitative Research). Because this book is well-organized and is inclusively written, we did not need to supplement it. I am sharing what my students said about the book:
“I began reading the first chapter, started to ask some questions, turned the next page, and there I found the answers to my questions. How cool is that?”
“I feel the author is talking to me, so it was as if I was taking a class from the author.”
“It is not boring! That says something.”
“I like the way the author tries to stretch my thinking by asking questions.”
“This is one book that I will not sell after graduation.”
These are both doctoral and master’s level students who are working on their dissertations or master’s projects, and they have taken a qualitative research method course before from other departments. However, they were always unsure about how to conduct their research projects and asked me to teach a qualitative method course focusing on early childhood education. I will use this book next semester and am recommending that graduate students purchase this book if they do not have one already. I have recommended this book to my colleagues in different institutions as they are searching for such a book.
We appreciate very much Dr. Lichtman’s efforts in writing this book. By disseminating her knowledge and opening up her intimate experiences as a person, as a research/educator, and as a keen observer of life, she has made our lives richer and more manageable. Many students changed their methodology from quantitative to qualitative because of her book. Thank you for publishing it!
Satomi Izumi-Taylor, Professor of Early Childhood Education
Dept. of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
"I read this book from a beginner's perspective. Overwhelmed by the literature about qualitative research, the invitation to read and review Lichtman's work was a gift; it offered a starting place to clarify my own understanding of the traditions, influences, and new advances that will impact my own choices as a qualitative researcher."
"Lichtman writes in the first person in a casual, approachable and enthusiastic manner; the whole book feels like a conversation between reader and author...Lichtman speaks from years of experience in researching and teaching - acting on some of her advice might be life- or, at least, research-saving for a beginner researcher!"
"In a crowded market of literature on research methods, it is refreshing to find and recommend to students an introductory text on qualitative research that is theoretical and practical, and scholarly yet accessible."
"The activity sections invite the reader to reflect on what they have discussed, either alone or with a group. As a lecturer who is responsible for research methods teaching and undergraduate and post graduate levels this is a feature that I thoroughly appreciate."
Marilyn Lichtman is a retired professor of educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech at both the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and at the graduate campus in Falls Church, Virginia. After attending The University of Chicago as an undergraduate, she moved to Washington, D.C. She completed all her degrees at The George Washington University, receiving her doctorate in educational research. She taught both qualitative and quantitative research courses while at The Catholic University of America and Virginia Tech. She is a regular user of the Internet and social media and was an early contributor to teaching qualitative courses online. She is currently on the editorial boards of The Qualitative Report and Forum: Qualitative Social Research (FQS), both online journals devoted to qualitative issues. She has served as a consultant to many school systems, private companies, and government agencies. She has traveled extensively throughout the world. Currently she serves on the docent council at the Corcoran gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Traditions and Influences Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview of the Field Chapter 2. Learning How to Be a Qualitative Researcher Chapter 3. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research Chapter 4. Designing Your Research: Five Popular Research Approaches Chapter 5. Designing Your Research: Additional Research Approaches Part II: Gathering, Organizing, and Analyzing Chapter 6. Social Media, the Internet, and Technology Chapter 7. Embarking on Qualitative Research Chapter 8. Reflexivity and Subjectivity Chapter 9. The Role and Function of a Literature Review Chapter 10. Learning About Others Through Interviewing Chapter 11. Learning About Others Through Observations and Other Techniques Part III: Putting It All Together Chapter 12. Making Meaning From Your Data Chapter 13. Communicating Your Ideas Chapter 14. Judging and Evaluating Chapter 15. Thinking About the Future Glossary Index About the Author