Beginner's Guide to Doing Qualitative Research How to Get into the Field, Collect Data, and Write up Your Project

ISBN-10: 0807754161
ISBN-13: 9780807754160
Edition: N/A
Authors: Erin Horvat
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Book details

Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 4/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

EDUCATION / Research

Preface: Scouting the Terrain
How This Book Was Born
Why Is the Practical Experience of Doing Research So Important?
Overview of the Book
Acknowledgments
Beginning
Thoughts for the Uninitiated on Starting a Qualitative Project
What Is Qualitative Research? What Is Ethnography?
Why Do a Qualitative Study?
Qualitative Research: What Is It Good For?
What Is a Good Question for a Qualitative Study?
What Makes for a Good Site When Starting a Qualitative Project?
What Do I Need to Bring to My Site?
What Do You Do If…? (It Depends)
Context, Question, Collecting Data
Rules for the Road: Never Spit on Your Shoes
Gaining Access to a Site: Getting in and Gaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval
Beginning
Notes
Introduction to Chapter Two
From the First Site to the Third Place: Finding Meaning and a Research Site That Works
Beginning the Journey
A Pause
Was This a Worthy Plan B?
Searching for Meaning
Emerging Meaning
Interviewing to Investigate the "Why"
Making Meaning Through Data Analysis
Focusing on Analysis
Emerging Patterns
Lessons Learned
Interview Protocol
Fieldwork
Ethnographic Eyes: Developing a Qualitative Project
How Do I Begin Collecting Data?
Field Notes: What Are They and What Is So Hard?
Interviews: When, Why, and How
Interview Rules of the Road: Nuts and Bolts
Role Management
A New Way of Seeing: Developing Ethnographic Eyes
Notes
Introduction to Chapter Four
It Matters Where You Sit: Reflecting on the Role of Positionality in Qualitative Research
Chapter Overview
Managing Positionality in Fieldwork: The "Sit-Where-the-Fit-Is" Cycle
The Long Shadow Cast by Positionality: Role Management and Social Identity
Conclusion
Analysis and Writing
Making Sense of What You Are Seeing: Analysis and Writing
The Analytic Toolkit
Getting Started with the Actual Writing
From Colored Pencils to Analytic Software
Writing Is Analysis
Notes
Introduction to Chapter Six
Three Times Blind: The Wandering, Wondering Path to Asking the Right Question
What's in a (Research) Question?
The Starting Point
Thrice Blinded: A Metaphor
Selecting a Site
The First Blindness
The Second Blindness
The Third Blindness
Hopes and Fears of Seeing
Notes
Appendix: Site Selection Guidelines and Site Prospectus Guidelines
References
Index
About the Authors

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