This book is the road map to proficiency and development in the field of qualitative research. Borrowing from a wealth of experience teaching introductory qualitative research courses, author Kakali Bhattacharya lays out a dynamic program for learning different paradigms of inquiry, empowering students to recognize the convergence of popular research methodologies as well as the nuances and complexities that set each of them apart. Her book:
supplements the readings and activities in a qualitative methods class, exposing students to the research process and the dominant types of qualitative research;
introduces a variety of theoretical perspectives in qualitative research, including positivism and postpositivism, interpretivism, feminism, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, and Critical Race Theory;
identifies and summarizes the three dominant methodological approaches in qualitative research: narrative inquiry, grounded theory, and ethnography;
provides interactive activities and exercises to help students crystallize their understanding of the different topics in each chapter.
Kakali Bhattacharya, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University.
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