Research in the College Context: Approaches and Methods / Edition 1

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This book provides faculty members, students, and research practitioners in the college environment with a handbook of diverse approaches and methods for researching higher education and college students. From interviews, surveys, and focus groups to powerful national databases and new internet resources, this book considers both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, offering the reader a variety of research tools. Each technique is thoroughly presented, and includes ethical considerations, helpful directions for designing research projects, tips for conducting data collection, and analysis and formats for clearly representing findings. Clearly organized and easily accessible, this volume is the essential guide for both the experiences and the novice researcher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415935807
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/9/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances K. Stage is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Graduate Program at New York University. She has taught classes in research design, and case study analysis. She specializes in college student learning and student participation in the math/science majors.

Kathleen Manning is Associate Professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Vermont, specializing in the areas of cultural pluralism, organizational analysis and campus cultures. Her courses include Qualitative Research Methods, Feminist Methodology and Research Design. Her specialty content areas within education and student affairs include cultural pluralism, organizational analysis, and campus cultures.

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Table of Contents

Dedication Contributors Preface Part I: Developing a Context for Research 1. What is your Question? - Frances K. Stage and Kathleen Manning 2. What is your Research Approach? - Kathleen Manning and Frances K. Stage Part II: Respondent-Based Methods 3. Ethnographic Interview - Anna Ortiz 4. Focus Groups - Bridget Turner Kelly 5. Nonreactive Measures - Ruth V. Russell and Alice Kovacs Part III: Document Based Methods 6. Document Analysis - Patrick Love 7. Historical Methods - Robert Schwartz 8. Visual Methods - Katie Douglas 9. Legal Research - Michelle D. Thompson Part IV: Using Pre-Existing Data and Resources 10. Secondary Analysis of Data - Deborah F. Carter 11. Policy Analysis - Moja Teboho 12. Using Local Data - J. Fredericks Volkwein Part V: Communicating Your Results - Adding to the Knowledge of the Field 13. Reporting results - Frances K. Stage and Kathleen Manning Index

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