While there are many qualitative research methods books on the market, few are comprehensive enough to support an entire course and few are oriented specifically to research in education. This book addresses these problems through its comprehensiveness and its dedication to the world of teaching and learning. Qualitative Research in Education brings together the major topics of planning, doing, and communicating results and serves as an essential text for students in education.
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1: Traditions and Influences Introduction An Overview of the Field Insights from the Past Learning How to Be a Qualitative Researcher Exploring Traditions and Approaches Part 2: Gathering, Organizing and Analyzing Embarking on Qualitative Research The Role and Function of a Literature Review Learning About Others Through Interviewing Learning About Others Through Observing Part 3: Putting It All Together Making Meaning from Your Data Communicating Your Ideas Judging and Evaluating Self Reflexivity and Subjectivity Epilogue: Keeping Abreast of an Evolving Field Appendix: Checklist for Individual and Focus Group Interviews
Marilyn Lichtman has taught courses in qualitative research for over 15 years. She also has a background in quantitative methods that will facilitate comparisons between the two methodologies. She serves on the editorial board of Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal] and The Qualitative Report. She has co-authored a book for American School Counselor Association (1990) entitled The Best for Our Kids: Exemplary Elementary Guidance & Counseling Programs. She has also conducted numerous qualitative research studies for Cities in Schools (programs for at-risk high school students) and the Department of Defense Education Agency (schools at military installations worldwide), among others.