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Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

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Using This Book 1 Unit 1: Meeting Qualitative Methods Intentions of This Unit Truth, Reality, and Meaning in Research Objectivist and Constructivist Ways of Knowing Elements of Research Qualitative Research and Culture Qualitative Research and the Research Process 2 Unit 2: Terrain and Types of Qualitative Research Intentions of This Unit Terrain of Qualitative Research Academic Rigor in Qualitative Research Common Types of Qualitative Studies 3 Unit 3: Conceptualizing Qualitative Research Intentions of This Unit Subjectivities Change Your Language, Change Your Paradigm Thinking about Research Purpose Thinking about Research Questions Data Sources in Qualitative Research 4 Unit 4: Working with Theoretical Frameworks Intentions of This Unit Positivism and Postpositivism Interpretivism Symbolic Interactionism Phenomenology Hermeneutics Critical Theories Critical Race Theory Feminism 5 Unit 5: Methodological Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry Intentions of This Unit Methodological Approaches Narrative Inquiry Types of Narrative Inquiry Designing a Narrative Inquiry Study: Using Our Wiki Example Phenomenological Inquiry Types of Phenomenological Inquiry Designing a Phenomenological Study: Using Our Wiki Example Grounded Theory Types of Grounded Theory Inquiry Designing a Constructivist Grounded Theory Study: Using Our Wiki Example Case Study Types of Case Study Inquiries Example of a Multiple Case Study Data Analysis Ethnography Types of Ethnographic Research Considerations for Ethnography Example of a Mini Virtual Ethnography Study Data Analysis Process for a Mini Virtual Ethnography 6 Unit 6: Data Collection Methods Intentions of This Unit What Are Qualitative Interviews? The Interview Process Types of Interview Questions Tips and Strategies for Conducting Qualitative Interviews What Are Observations? The Observation Process Tips and Strategies for Conducting Participant Observations What are Documents in Qualitative Research? The Process of Collecting Documents Example of Documents Collected in Wiki Study and Trivia Study Tips and Strategies for Collecting Documents 7 Unit 7: Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Re-Presentation Intentions of This Unit What Does Data Analysis Mean? What Is Inductive Analysis? An Approach to Inductive Analysis Do Themes Really Emerge? An Example of Inductive Analysis Mapping as Inductive Analysis Interpretation and Data Re-Presentation in Qualitative Research Cautions about Choosing Re-Presentations Re-Presenting Your Study But Writing Is Hard 8 Unit 8: Pulling It All Together Intentions of This Unit Revisiting Your Research Interest Expand Your Thoughts about Your Research Project Research Design and Theoretical Alignment Methods of Data Collection Data Analysis Methods Representation of Your Work Appendix A Appendix B References

About the Author

Kakali Bhattacharya, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University.


This book provides an excellent approach for the entry level qualitative research methods course. The book provides needed guided activities for both instructors and students that focus on the basics as well as the complexities of qualitative research methods. What a great resource! Paul Schutz, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Texas at San Antonio This text provides key concepts to students that support their foundational knowledge of QUAL including thinking through theoretical paradigms, different methodologies, and various fieldwork and analytical methods. But this text is different from the typical "Intro to QUAL" text; this one is personal, inviting readers to interact with the pages, take notes, write about the self, and consider the content in terms of "what would your own research look like." The author cares about the individual researcher and their progression of learning, engaging readers by asking questions and challenging them to think deeply, which is evidenced through the interactive lesson examples and real data provided from which students can practice various analyses. The author includes meaningful opportunities for readers to consider every aspect necessary for insightful, in-depth qualitative inquiry from initial conceptualization to representation and delivery of the work. This is a text I can't wait to use in my own classroom. Lauren Moret, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research Methodology, University of Tennessee Fundamentals of Qualitative Research introduces students of qualitative research to the vast range of theories and methods used by qualitative researchers across disciplines. Written in a reader-friendly style, Kakali Bhattacharya's book provides novices to qualitative research an up-to-date, informative, and accessible entree to a range of ways to engage in qualitative research. Packed with practical activities, teaching tips, suggestions for additional reading, and reflective questions to help students make informed decisions as they design their projects, this book is an excellent resource for both newcomers to qualitative inquiry and their teachers. Kathryn Roulston, Professor & Program Coordinator, Qualitative Research Program, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia This is one of the most wanted pedagogical texts in qualitative research. Bhattacharya has masterfully put her imagination at work to create such an indispensable textbook for both fledgling qualitative researchers and teachers of qualitative research. The book thrives on the confluence of the dialectical nature: succinct but substantive; programmatic but theoretically grounded; structured but imaginative and inspirational. It is a must have for all of us in qualitative research. Jeong-Hee Kim, Ph.D., Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University

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