Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research in Higher Education: Fundamental Elements and Issues
Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research in Higher Education illuminates the complex nature of qualitative research, while attending to issues of application. This text addresses the fundamentals of research through discussion of strategies, ethical issues, and challenges in higher education. In addition to walking through the methodological steps, this text considers the conceptual reasons behind qualitative research and explores how to conduct qualitative research that is rigorous, thoughtful, and theoretically coherent. Seasoned researchers Jones, Torres, and Arminio combine high-level theory with practical applications and examples, showing how research in higher education can produce improved learning outcomes for students, especially those who have been historically marginalized. This book will help students in higher education and Student Affairs graduate programs to cultivate an appreciation for the complexity and ambiguity of the research and the ways to think thorough questions and tensions that emerge in the process.
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As coauthors working collaboratively to write a book, we brought to this process our own individual perceptions and experiences; we listened to each other's perspectives, made decisions, and created a common understanding only after ...
All the chapters in the book emphasize the importance of decision making in the research process. Every step of the way, the researcher is making decisions—regarding research questions, who is in the sample, what kinds of questions to ...
We present them in this order as it follows the logic of writing a chapter; however, when designing a study, a researcher typically begins with a compelling interest and research question that drives the other decision making choices.
study and offer corresponding examples, including the decision making of a fictitious researcher, “Michael,” as he situates his study. In subsequent chapters, however, we utilize examples from published research to illustrate the ...
... making beneficial decisions” (Pascarella, Pierson, Wolniak, & Terenzini, 2004, p. 252). How might this quote be viewed differently by the reader if it were said by a first-generation student rather than the researcher?
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Meeting the Obligations of High Quality Inquiry
Incorporating Theoretical Perspectives
Perspectives on Sampling
Challenges in Collecting Data
Issues in Analysis and Interpretation
Anticipating and Navigating Ethical Issues
Lessons Learned and Future Directions
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Susan R. Jones,Vasti Torres,Jan L. Arminio
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