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The Research Journey
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1. Inquiry as Learning: Beginning the JourneyIntroductionWhat Is Inquiry?The Learner as Knowledge GeneratorDrawing on Values and PassionYour Journey into Systematic InquiryFor Further Reading2. Ways of Knowing: Finding a CompassWays of KnowingFundamental AssumptionsMapping PerspectivesBack to Ontology and EpistemologyFor Further Reading3. The Cycle of Inquiry: More Than One Way to Get ThereInquiry in Action/Inquiry as PracticeThe Systematic Inquiry CycleValidity, Credibility, and TrustworthinessFor Further Reading4. Being an Ethical Inquirer: Staying Alert on the RoadEthics in InquiryThe Inquirer as a Moral PractitionerStandards for Practice and Procedural MattersEthics, Trustworthiness, and RigorEthical TheoriesEthics and ReflexivityFor Further Reading5. Constructing Conceptual Frameworks: Building the RouteWhat Is a Conceptual Framework?Building an ArgumentEntering the Conversation: Your Community of PracticeEntering the Conversation: Your EngagementEntering the Conversation: The Communities of DiscourseWays of OrganizingChapter SummaryFor Further Reading6. Designing the Inquiry Project: Finding "True North"Moving from the Conceptual Framework into DesignConsidering Various DesignsSamira's Research Questions and Possible DesignsA Short Course on Research MethodsPlanning for Analysis and InterpretationThe Research Proposal: Bringing it All TogetherAn Example of Connecting the What and the HowChapter SummaryFor Further Reading7. Things to Consider in Writing: Staying in the Right LaneWriting IntroductionsThe Nasty Problem of PlagiarismUsing Proper Citation FormatFor Further Reading8. Knowledge Use: Arriving at Your DestinationUsing What You have Learned Who Cares?: Potential AudiencesCommunicating for UsePassions and Closing the LoopFor Further Reading

About the Author

Sharon F. Rallis is Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also Director of the Center for Education Policy. Dr. Rallis has coauthored 10 books, including several on leadership. Her interests include research and evaluation methodology, ethical practice in research and evaluation, education policy and leadership, and school reform. A past president of the American Evaluation Association, Dr. Rallis has been involved with education and evaluation for over three decades as a teacher, counselor, principal, researcher, program evaluator, director of a major federal school reform initiative, and an elected school board member. Gretchen B. Rossman is Chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration and Professor of International Education at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work focuses on qualitative research design and methods, mixed methods monitoring and evaluation, and inquiry in education, including the analysis and evaluation of educational reform initiatives both in the United States and internationally. She has coauthored nine books, including the major qualitative research texts Learning in the Field (with Sharon F. Rallis) and Designing Qualitative Research (with Catherine Marshall).

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"Wow! I was impressed by the quality of the content, the readability and flow, and the apt use of the journey metaphor. This book will serve as a key resource for education and other social science graduate students conducting research projects or for professionals writing research grant proposals for funding. Through dialogue, example, activity, and exploration, the authors illustrate that research can be engaging and fun. Each chapter has one or more reflective activities that guide readers to apply the principles presented, work collaboratively in learning groups, develop a conceptual framework for a project, and learn to generate knowledge through systematic inquiry. The activities help students navigate the entire inquiry process, from problem selection to written report. I will recommend this book to my doctoral students at the dissertation stage. The chapter on conceptual frameworks is priceless."--Eleni Coukos Elder, EdD, Department of Educational Administration, Tennessee State University

"This book offers a practical overview of basic skills required for the budding researcher in the social sciences. A major theme is promoting the development of an open, inquisitive, reflective stance that enables the researcher to take in new information and generate knowledge. Each chapter offers succinct information and examples and poses questions suitable for seminar discussion. In the research design chapter, weaving a fictional student's thinking about her project into the discussion to illustrate key points is quite effective. This book promises to be a useful supplement for research design and methods courses."--Arlene Bowers Andrews, PhD, Carolina Distinguished Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina

"The best among a new generation of texts that helps the student learn to think like a scholar and researcher. In a single, readable volume, Rallis and Rossman distill key ideas and conceptual frameworks that currently require several textbooks and readings in my classes. They do so without getting entangled in arcane or overly technical arguments. The vignettes, examples, and exercises will help advanced graduate students and junior researchers to apply the concepts across the social and behavioral sciences, in both applied and pure fields of inquiry."--David N. Boote, PhD, School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, and Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida

"The book does an excellent job--especially through the exercises--of unblocking the thinking and writing of terrified graduate students."--Sande Milton, College of Education, Florida State University

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