Understanding, Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research in Education: Framing the Project / Edition 1by John F. Schostak
Pub. Date: 03/01/2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
This book is more than an introduction to doing research - it aims to help readers identify what is new and important about their project, how their
How do I get my research off the ground and ensure that it is 'new,' 'novel' and 'important'? How do I make sense of data, build theories and write a compelling thesis? How can my research bring about change?
This book is more than an introduction to doing research - it aims to help readers identify what is new and important about their project, how their research relates to previous work and how it may be used to bring about change at individual, community, national or even international levels. A total strategy is offered focusing on the notion of the 'project' as an organizing framework that ensures that the methods chosen are appropriate to the subject and aim of the study. The intention throughout is to help readers move from being able to apply methods to being able to interrogate the theoretical underpinnings of particular perspectives so that they can feel confident about the particular kinds of knowledge claim they are making. The book will be important reading for students at Masters and doctoral levels and will be particularly helpful for professionals from education, health, social work, criminal justice and business who carry out research in their workplace and who need to reflect upon the consequences and possibilities for action and change.
Table of ContentsIntroduction - Finding bearings - Subjects: choices and consequences - The other: its objects and objectivity - Handling complexity and uncertainty - Sense and nonsense: braving the postmodern, broaching the novel - Being shy of the truth - Framing texts and evidence: con/texts, intertextuality and rhetoric - Framing ethics and political issues - Framing ethical actions - Writing it - Conclusion - References - Index.
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