Table of contents for Qualitative research design : an interactive approach / Joseph A. Maxwell.

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Preface to the First Edition
1. A Model for Qualitative Research Design
EXAMPLE 1.1: The Evolution of a Research Design
The Organization of This Book
The Exercises in This Book
2. Goals: Why Are You Doing This Study?
Personal, Practical, and Intellectual Goals
EXAMPLE 2.1: Using Personal Experience to Choose a Dissertation Topic
EXAMPLE 2.2: The Importance of Personal Values and Identity
What Goals Is Qualitative Research Good For?
EXAMPLE 2.3: Deciding on a Dissertation Topic
Exercise 2.1: Researcher Identity Memo
EXAMPLE 2.4: Researcher Identity Memo for a Study of Educational Reform in Bolivia
3. Conceptual Framework: What Do You Think Is Going On?
Connecting With a Research Paradigm
Experiential Knowledge
EXAMPLE 3.1: Identity Memo on Diversity
EXAMPLE 3.2: How One Researcher Used Her Personal Experience to Refocus Her Research Problem
Prior Theory and Research
EXAMPLE 3.3: Using Existing Theory
Concept Maps
Exercise 3.1: Creating a Concept Map For Your Study
Other Uses of Existing Research
Pilot and Exploratory Studies
EXAMPLE 3.4: Using a Pilot Study to Help Design a Dissertation
Thought Experiments
EXAMPLE 3.5: Using a Thought Experiment to Develop a Theory of the Persistence of Illiteracy
Exercise 3.2: Creating a Model of the Development of Friendship Patterns
4. Research Questions: What Do You Want to Understand?
EXAMPLE 4.1: The Development of Research Questions
The Functions of Research Questions
Research Questions and Other Kinds of Questions
Research Hypotheses In Qualitative Designs
Generic Questions and Particularistic Questions
Instrumentalist Questions and Realist Questions
Variance Questions and Process Questions
Developing Research Questions
Exercise 4.1: Developing Your Research Questions
5. Methods: What Will You Actually Do?
Structured and Unstructured Approaches
Negotiating Research Relationships
EXAMPLE 5.1: Negotiating Relationships in a Practitioner Research Study
Exercise 5.1: Reflecting On Your Research Relationships
Site and Participant Selection
Decisions About Data Collection
Decisions About Data Analysis
Strategies For Qualitative Data Analysis
EXAMPLE 5.2: A Mismatch Between Questions and Analysis
Linking Methods and Questions
Exercise 5.2: Questions and Methods Matrix
6. Validity: How Might You Be Wrong?
The Concept of Validity
Two Specific Validity Threats: Bias and Reactivity
Validity Tests: A Checklist
Exercise 6.1: Identifying and Dealing With Validity Threats
Generalization In Qualitative Research
7. Research Proposals: Presenting and Justifying a Qualitative Study
The Purpose of a Proposal
The Proposal as an Argument
The Relationship Between Research Design and Proposal Argument
A Model For Proposal Structure
EXAMPLE 7.1: The Argument of a Dissertation Proposal
EXAMPLE 7.2: Using Computer Mediated Communication Technology to Facilitate Students? Intellectual and Social Interaction and Learning in a Service-Learning Course
Exercise 7.1: Developing a Proposal Argument
Appendix: An Example of a Qualitative Proposal
About the Author

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Research -- Methodology.