This book addresses foundational areas of qualitative writing (such as journal articles and dissertations), aesthetic representations (including poetry and autoethnography), publishing, and reflexivity in representation in one practical and engaging text based on real experiences. Author Maria K.E. Lahman draws on her experiences as a qualitative research professor and writing instructor, and as someone who has published widely in scholarly journals, employing both traditional and more innovative forms of writing. The first part of the book covers writing tips; how to represent data; how to write a qualitative thematic journal article; how to write a qualitative dissertation; and provides guidance on the publication process. The second part encourages the qualitative researcher to move beyond traditional forms of writing and consider how qualitative research can be represented more aesthetically: as poems, autoethnographies, and visually. The book concludes with a chapter on reflexivity in research representations. Throughout, the author provides vivid examples from her own work, and that of graduate students and colleagues.
Part One: Writing Qualitative Research Essentials
Chapter One: Done!—Introduction
Chapter Two: Why, What, and How We Write
Chapter Three: Start Writing!
Chapter Four: Dissertations: The Three Rules for Writing a Quality Qualitative Dissertation
Chapter Five: Writing the Qualitative Journal Article: Of Rice Cakes, Tortillas, Bread and Butter
Chapter Six: Publish and Persevere: The Publication Process
Part Two: Aesthetic Representations of Qualitative Research
Chapter Seven: Auto-ethnography: A Kaleidoscope of Knowing
Chapter Eight: Poemish Research Poetry
Chapter Nine: Visuals in Qualitative Research Representation: In the Blink of an Eye
Chapter Ten: Reflecting Reflexivity in Research Representations