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Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life / Edition 1

Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life / Edition 1

by Johnny Saldana, Matt Omasta
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Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life presents a fresh approach to teaching and learning qualitative methods for social inquiry—one that focuses on analysis from the very beginning of the text. By exploring qualitative research through a unique analytic lens, then cumulatively elaborating on methods in each successive chapter, this innovative work cultivates a skill set and literacy base that prepares readers to work strategically with empirical materials in their own fieldwork. Renowned authors Johnny Saldaña and Matt Omasta combine clear, accessible writing and analytic insight to show that analysis, in its broadest sense, is a process undertaken throughout the entire research experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506305493
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/23/2017
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 992,322
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus of Theatre from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at Arizona State University. He has been involved in the field of theatre as a teacher educator, director, playwright, and qualitative researcher. Saldaña’s research methods have been used and cited internationally for studies in K-12 and higher education, the fine arts, business, technology, social sciences, government, social services, communication, human development, sport, health care, and medicine. He is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change Through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003), recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division; Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005), an edited collection of ethnographic-based plays; The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (Sage Publications, 2009; second edition, 2013), a handbook on qualitative data analysis; Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011), a commissioned introductory textbook and volume one of the Understanding Qualitative Research series; Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011), a playwriting primer for performance ethnography and recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group’s 2012 Outstanding Book Award; and Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook, third edition (Sage Publications, 2014), a commissioned update and revision of the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman’s second edition (1994) book, Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook.

Matt Omasta is Associate Professor and Theatre Education Program Director at Utah State University. He received his BA from Ithaca College, his MA from Emerson College, and his PhD from Arizona State University. He is the author of Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces (Routledge), Playwriting and Young Audiences (Intellect), and numerous articles in journals including Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Youth Theatre Journal, Theatre for Young Audiences Today, Theatre Topics, and the International Journal of Education and the Arts among others. Omasta's work has been recognized by honors including the Founders' Award from the Educational Theatre Association, the Lin Wright Special Recognition Award and the Research Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group (A & L SIG) Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Table of Contents

List of Displays
The Organization and Through-Line of the Book
The Coauthors’ Approach
To the Instructor
About the Authors
Chapter 1—Introduction: Analyzing Life
Developing Fundamental Qualitative Analytic Skills
On Qualitative Data Analysis—and Life
Closure and Transition
Resources for an Introduction to Qualitative Analysis
Analytic Exercises
Sample Data for Analysis
Chapter 2—Analyzing Field Sites
On Culture
Observation Settings
The Observer’s Frames
Field Notes
Technical Matters of Fieldwork and Field Notes
Analyzing Observations of Social Life
Closure and Transition
Resources for Participant Observation
Analytic Exercises for Participant Observation
Sample Field Notes for Analysis
Chapter 3—Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials
On Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs
Analyzing Manifest and Latent Contents
The Materials and Meanings of Human Production
Analyzing Documents
Analyzing Artifacts
Analyzing Visual Materials
The Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships in Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials
Closure and Transition
Resources for Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials
Analytic Exercises for Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials
Sample Photograph
Chapter 4—Analyzing Interviews: Preparing, Conducting, and Transcribing
Types of Interviews
Participant Selection
Interview Preparation, Scheduling, and Arrangements
Asking Questions
Closure and Transition
Analytic Exercises for Interviewing
Chapter 5—Analyzing Interviews: Condensing and Coding
Interview Condensation
Analyzing Interviews Through Codes and Coding
Closure and Transition
Resources for Interviewing
Analytic Exercises for Interviewing
Sample Interview Transcript
Chapter 6—Analyzing Qualitative Methodologies
Theoretical Premises of Qualitative Research
A Rationale for Qualitative Research
Selected Methodologies of Qualitative Research and Analysis
Mixed Methods
On Genres
Closure and Transition
Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Research Methodologies
Analytic Exercises for Qualitative Research Methodologies
Appendix Readings
Chapter 7—Analyzing Qualitative Research Design
Researching and Analyzing the Topic
Analyzing the Literature
Research Questions
Site Selection
Participant Selection
Data Collection Methods
Data Analysis Methods
Presentation Modes
Timeline Design
Conceptual Frameworks
Closure and Transition
Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Research Design
Analytic Exercises for Qualitative Research Design
Outline for a Qualitative Research Proposal
Chapter 8—Analyzing Research Ethics
The Rules of Research
Institutional Review Boards
Researcher and Participant Relationships
Analyzing Ethical Ambiguity
Closure and Transition
Resources for Research Ethics
Analytic Exercises for Research Ethics
Chapter 9—Analytic Synthesis: Condensing, Patterning, and Unifying
On Synthesis
Condensing Large Amounts of Data
Patterning Textual and Visual Materials
Unifying Seemingly Different Things
Closure and Transition
Analytic Exercises for Analytic Synthesis
Chapter 10—Analytic Synthesis: Understanding, Interpreting, and Theorizing
Understanding Social Processes of Human Action, Reaction, and Interaction
Interpreting the Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships of Social Life
On Credibility and Trustworthiness
Closure and Transition
Resources for Analytic Synthesis
Analytic Exercises for Analytic Synthesis
Sample Data for Analytic Synthesis
Chapter 11—Analytic Write-Ups
Stylistic Approaches to Research Writing
On Writing About the Major Elements of a Study
Journal Article Submission and Publication
Closure and Transition
Resources for Analytic Write-Ups
Analytic Exercises for Write-Ups
Sample Abstracts for Analysis
Chapter 12—Analytic Presentations
Paper Presentations
Poster Presentations
Dramatic/Staged Readings
Presenting Data Effectively
Professional Networking
Closure and Transition
Resources for Presenting Qualitative Research
Analytic Exercises for Presentations
Chapter 13—Closure: Leading an Analytic Life
Learning More About Qualitative Research
On Professional Development
Analysis as a Lens, Filter, and Angle on Life
Resources for Leading an Analytic Life
Analytic Exercises for Leading an Analytic Life
Appendix—Three Representative Articles in Qualitative Research
“On the Bus With Vonnie Lee: Explorations in Life History and Metaphor”
Discussion Topics and Activities for “On the Bus With Vonnie Lee”
“Nightmares, Demons, and Slaves: Exploring the Painful Metaphors of Workplace Bullying”
Discussion Topics and Activities for “Nightmares, Demons, and Slaves”
“‘They Think Minority Means Lesser Than’: Black Middle-Class Sons and Fathers Resisting Microaggressions in the School”
Discussion Topics and Activities for “They Think Minority Means Lesser Than”

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