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Qualitative Research Design : An Interactive Approach - Joseph A. Maxwell

Qualitative Research Design

An Interactive Approach

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2004
ISBN: 9780761926078
Number Of Pages: 192

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Qualitative Research Design gives researchers and students a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. Based on a course that the author taught for 7 years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, it is written in an informal, jargon-free style and incorporates many examples and hands-on exercises. Rather than the rigid, linear approach to design usually found in research methods textbooks, which is particularly unsuited to qualitative research, the book presents a flexible, systemic model of design. This model not only better fits what experienced qualitative researchers actually do, but provides a clear framework for designing a study and developing a research proposal. This edition includes new or substantially expanded discussions of research paradigms, defining a research problem, site and participant selection, relationships with research participants, data analysis, and validity, as well as more examples and exercises.

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"Using sage advise and specific examples directly from his research methods courses and actual dissertation proposals, the author provides an easy-to-read guide to many of the design issues that often seem vague, mysterious, and daunting to novices when planning qualitative studies. Maxwell delivers on his promise to present "an approach to qualitative research design that both captures what qualitative researchers really do, and provides support and guidance for those embarking for the first time on designing a qualitative study". He creatively uses folktales, movie plots, real-life examples, and the personal stories of graduate students to bring out his and the students' passions for qualitative research." -- Karen Skibba 20060609 "Nice, easy to read, step by step process-oriented text for undergrads." -- Kim Powell "The practical checklists, exercises, stories and scripts, together with the analogies with quantitative research, are extremely useful in helping both graduate students and novice researchers conduct qualitative research. Experienced researcher, too, can find the book helpful, especially in writing proposals for funding." -- Marzieh Tafaghodtari Comparative Book Review 20100602

A Model for Qualitative Research Design
Why Are You Doing This Study?
Conceptual Context
What Do You Think Is Going On?
Research Questions
What Do You Want to Understand?
What Will You Actually Do?
How Might You Be Wrong?
Research Proposals
Presenting and Justifying a Qualitative Study
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ISBN: 9780761926078
ISBN-10: 0761926070
Series: Applied Social Research Methods
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28th October 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised