Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach / Edition 1

Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach / Edition 1

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Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach / Edition 1

Maxwell (education, George Mason U.) has definite ideas on qualitative research design, and presents those, rather than a compendium of conventional wisdom, to students just beginning research for their dissertation and to other new researchers. Without noting a date for the first edition, he has revised his discussion of paradigm issues, personal goals, site and participant selection, validity, and other topics. He has also made his realist philosophical foundation more explicit. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803973282
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/12/1996
Series: Applied Social Research Methods Series , #41
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

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
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
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
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
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
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
AppendixAn Example of a Qualitative Proposal139
About the Author175

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