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Qualitative Research


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Preface ix The Authors xvii PART ONE: THE DESIGN OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 1 1 What Is Qualitative Research? 3 2 Six Common Qualitative Research Designs 22 3 Expanding the Qualitative Paradigm: Mixed Methods, Action, Critical, and Arts Based Research 43 4 Designing Your Study and Selecting a Sample 73 PART TWO: COLLECTING QUALITATIVE DATA 105 5 Conducting Effective Interviews 107 6 Being a Careful Observer 137 7 Mining Data from Documents and Artifacts 162 PART THREE: ANALYZING AND REPORTING QUALITATIVE DATA 191 8 Qualitative Data Analysis 195 9 Dealing with Validity, Reliability, and Ethics 237 10 Writing Up Qualitative Research 267 Appendix: The Methodology Section of a Qualitative Research Study 293 Sharan B. Merriam References 301 Name Index 323 Subject Index 331

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SHARAN B. MERRIAM is professor emerita of adult education at the University of Georgia. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than fifteen books, including Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice and Qualitative Research in Practice, both from Jossey-Bass. ELIZABETH J. TISDELL is professor of adult education and coordinator of the doctoral program in adult education at Penn State University Harrisburg.

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