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Qualitative Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology : Research Methods for Educational Technology - Jerry Willis

Qualitative Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology

Research Methods for Educational Technology

By: Jerry Willis (Editor), Mukta Jost (Editor), Rema Nilakanta (Editor)

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Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Technology was written for students and scholars interested in exploring the many qualitative methods developed over the last 50 years in the social sciences. The book does not stop, however, at the boundaries of the social sciences. Social scientists now consume and use research methods from many fields. The rich resources of research methods and theories from both the humanities and philosophy are also covered in this book. It explains why postpositivist quantitative research should not be ""the only game in town"" and provides solid theoretical foundations, beginning with the positions of Plato and Aristotle, for broadening our horizons about what warrants our attention. Using Aristotle's concept of phronesis the author shows why methods such as narrative research and storytelling, hermeneutic inquiry, literary theory, philosophical inquiry, and much more have important applications in education and educational technology.On those foundations, the author also builds a framework for doing many types of research -- from participatory action research to content analysis, to postmodern case studies, to empowerment research and philosophical inquiry. He accomplishes this through a combination of original text, summaries of exemplary research in education and educational technology, and suggested readings that are annotated and introduced at the end of each chapter. Many of these readings are available online and they extend the discussion of research methods or serve as exemplars of a particular type of educational technology research. There are open ended and conceptual questions for each reading, and developing your own answers to them is one way you can extend your depth of understanding about qualitative research methods in education and educational technology.

Foundations
Wolves, Lambs, and Lions - Roaming the Research Rangep. 3
What Is Research?p. 27
Typologies of Research and Scholarshipp. 47
More Greeks: Homer and the Sophistsp. 83
Pathways to Understanding
Purposes, Phronesis, and Bent Flyvbjergp. 121
Building Your Relationships with Researchp. 149
Pathways to Understanding: The Methods of Research and Scholarship
Making Sense of the Forms of Scholarshipp. 169
Qualitative Research Methodsp. 199
Methods of Scholarship from the Humanitiesp. 257
The Methods of Philosophical Inquiryp. 297
Design as Scholarshipp. 315
Dissemination of Results
Forms of Communication and Conversation: Disseminating the Results of Scholarshipp. 351
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ISBN: 9781930608542
ISBN-10: 1930608543
Series: Research Methods for Educational Technology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 28th October 2008
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Type: Annotated