Qualitative Research Studying How Things Work

ISBN-10: 1606235451

ISBN-13: 9781606235454

Edition: 2010

Authors: Robert E. Stake

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List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Robert E. Stake, PhD, is a specialist in the evaluation of educational programs and case study methods. He is director of the Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation at the University of Illinois. Dr. Stake is the author of [i]Quieting Reform: Social Science and Social Action in an Urban Youth Program[/i] (1986), a book on Charles Murray's evaluation of Cities-in-Schools, and three other books on research methods: [i]Evaluating the Arts in Education: A Responsive Approach[/i] (1975), [i]The Art of Case Study Research[/i] (1995), and [i]Standards-Based and Responsive Evaluation[/i] (2003).

Introduction: Make Yourself Comfortable
Projects
Qualitative Research: How Things Work
The Science of the Particular
Professional Knowledge
Individual Experience and Collective Knowledge
The Methods of Qualitative Research
Causes
The Thing
Comparing Things
Weaknesses of Qualitative Research
Essence of the Qualitative Approach
Interpretation: The Person as Instrument
Interpretive Research
Microinterpretation and Macrointerpretation
Empathy
Thick Description and Verstehen
Context and Situation
Skepticism
Emphasis on Interpretation
Experiential Understanding: Most Qualitative Study Is Experiential
The Places of Human Activity
Criterial and Experiential Description
Emphasizing Personal Experience
Multiple Realities
Bringing in the Experience of Others
Stating the Problem: Questioning How This Thing Works
First the Question, Then the Methods
Laying Out Your Study
A Librarian Thinking of a Design
Design for Studying How This Case Works
Raising and Answering Questions
Methods: Gathering Data
Observing
Interviewing
Exhibit Questions
Survey
Keeping Records
Review of Literature: Zooming to See the Problem
Refining the Problem to Be Studied
Concept Mapping
Representing the Field
Building upon the Nearby Studies
Finding the Literature
Evidence: Bolstering Judgment and Reconnoitering
Evidence-Based Decision Making
Unbearable Lightness of Evidence
Triangulation
Mixed Methods and Confidence
Member Checking
Review Panels
Progressive Focusing
Analysis and Synthesis: How Things Work
Taking Apart and Putting Together
Working with Patches
Interpretation and Sorting
Action Research and Self-Evaluation: Finding on Your Own How Your Place Works
Participatory Action Research
Evaluation
Studying Your Own Place
Bias
Assertions
Storytelling: Illustrating How Things Work
Vignettes
Elements of Story
Story versus a Collage of Patches
Multiple Case Research
Writing the Final Report: An Iterative Convergence
The Iterative Synthesis
The Ukraine Report
Dualities and the Dialectic
Particular and General Assertions
Generalization from Particular Situations
The Professional View
Advocacy and Ethics: Making Things Work Better
All Research Is Advocative
A Voice for the Underrepresented
Personal Ethics
Protection of Human Subjects
People Exposed
Essentials of Qualitative Research
Looking Forward
Glossary: Meanings for This Book
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author
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