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Qualitative Research in Practice: Examples for Discussion and Analysis


reviewed by Joanne Bookmyer — 2003

coverTitle: Qualitative Research in Practice: Examples for Discussion and Analysis
Author(s): Sharon B. Merriam and Associates
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787958956, Pages: 288, Year: 2002
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Sharon Merriam compiled Qualitative Research in Practice: Examples for Discussion and Analysis as a resource to be used with standardized texts on qualitative research.    Part One provides a brief overview of what qualitative research is, along with information on assessing and evaluating qualitative studies.  The heart of the text, though, is Part Two, a compendium of sixteen research articles that serve as an introduction to different types of qualitative research and exemplify the process of interpretive qualitative inquiry.  Each of these studies is accompanied by a reflection piece, advice, and observations written by the study’s author.   Graduate students, and both novice and seasoned researchers will likely find something useful within these pages.  Students and those new to qualitative methodologies will appreciate the pragmatic approach Merriam takes in detailing what all qualitative inquiry has in common, as well as distinguishing among the different approaches to qualitative research.   The first chapter summarizes eight widely recognized approaches that vary both in form and purpose: basic interpretive, phenomenological, grounded theory, biographical, historical, participatory and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 666-668
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11047, Date Accessed: 11/1/2014 5:40:03 AM

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  • Joanne Bookmyer
    CRESS, School of Education, UC Davis
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    Dr. Joanne Bookmyer conducts research and evaluation activities for the CRESS Center, School of Education, UC Davis. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. Her current interests include teacher development and program evaluation.
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