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Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Technology


reviewed by Gary L. Anderson June 03, 2009

coverTitle: Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Technology
Author(s): Jerry W. Willis
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1930608543, Pages: 380, Year: 2008
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This is not really a book about qualitative research methods, in the sense of teaching students how to do interviews, observations, or even narrative and philosophical research. It provides instead a survey of various methodologies, methods, and philosophical approaches to qualitative research and develops an argument for expanding our notions of what counts as research. Willis expands these notions not only beyond the usual quantitative/qualitative divide, but also beyond a merely anthropological or sociological approach to qualitative research (although some in these fields have also evolved beyond traditional qualitative methodologies) common in qualitative research texts in education. In this sense the book is an important contribution to the plethora of texts on qualitative research. While the issues raised in this text have been extensively debated in other venues, this text makes these debates relatively accessible to readers who are either new to qualitative research or who have been trained in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 03, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15650, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 11:41:54 PM

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  • Gary Anderson
    Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
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    GARY L. ANDERSON is a professor in the department of Administration, Leadership and Technology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Recent books include Advocacy Leadership: Toward a Post Reform Agenda in Education (Routledge, 2009) and The Action Research Dissertation (with Kathryn Herr, Sage, 2005)
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