Conceptualizing and Proposing Qualitative Research

ISBN-10: 0131702866

ISBN-13: 9780131702868

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Thomas H. Schram

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This is a supplemental text for all courses in qualitative research, across all disciplines. Based on years of experience helping novice researchers, the author has built the text to address common questions, frustrations, and anxieties of novice qualitative researchers. The result is a book that is practical and useful.
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Book details

List price: $46.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Finding a Point of Entry
Entering into Qualitative Conversations
Qualitative Conversations and Your Own Research
Choosing to Think Qualitatively
A Qualitative Predisposition
Proceeding from a Qualitative Stance
Guiding Assumptions of Qualitative Inquiry
Keeping Matters in Perspective
Using Qualities to Inform Conceptualization
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Positioning Yourself for Inquiry
A Strategy to Hold It All Together
The Dynamic Within the Design
Thinking Ahead to Your Research Proposal
Engaging Problem and Purpose
Shaping a Preliminary Sense of Problem
Entry-Level Theorizing
Situating Your Problem
Clarifying Purposes
Research Purposes and Practical Purposes
Distinguishing Focus and Locus
Purposes and Going Qualitative
Strategies to Help Clarify Your Ideas and Aims
Mining Your Memos
Pilot Studies
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Clarifying Your Perspective
Constructing an Intellectual Orientation
Responding to Fundamental Questions
Thinking About How You View the Social World
Connecting with a Lens for Your Inquiry: Some Key Examples
Making Connections
The Moral Dimensions of Being a Researcher
Where and How Do You Make Your Perspective Known?
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Constructing a Conceptual Argument
Seeking Theoretical Legitimacy
Thinking Theoretically
Formulating an Argument
Directing the Flow of Ideas
Identifying Currents of Thought
Integrating Currents of Thought
Thinking Ahead to Your Research Proposal
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Forming Research Questions
Moving Toward Your Research Question
Tacking Between Breadth and Precision
Attending to What Matters
Justifying Your Question
Assessing Goodness of Fit
Orienting and Rationalizing Your Approach
Going Somewhere with Your Question
Defining the Evolution of Your Inquiry
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Choosing a Research Approach
Defining Research Approaches
Tradition, Method, and Analytic Framework
Distinguishing Among Options
Ethnography
Phenomenology
Grounded Theory
Narrative Inquiry
Case Study
A Cautionary Summary
Assessing Goodness of Fit
Linking Question and Approach
Focusing Your Attention
Claiming the Whole or Borrowing Pieces
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Anticipating Your Inquiry in Action
Getting into Place
Making Good Use of Opportunities
Strategic Considerations for Fieldwork
Intent
Focus
Involvement
Degree of Involvement
Portrayal of Involvement
Familiarity
Positioning
Role Awareness
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Establishing Your Inquiry's Integrity
Practical Considerations
Consequences of Presence
Selective Experience
Engaged Subjectivity
Ethical Considerations
Posturing and Presentation of Self
Disclosure and Exchange
Making Public the Private
Disengaging and Staying in Touch
Summary of Key Points
Recommended Reading
Writing Your Proposal
From Conceptualizing to Proposing
Arguing for Your Study
Structuring Your Proposal
Title
Introduction
Conceptual Context and Theoretical Orientation
Research Questions
Research Procedures
Significance and Implications
Appendixes
Additional Considerations
Concluding Thoughts and Advice
Coming Full Circle
Some Closing Advice About Pursuing a Qualitative Study
References
Index
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