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Qualitative Research in Education

Qualitative Research in Education
A User's Guide

Third Edition

June 2013 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Helping education students become savvy qualitative researchers

Qualitative Research in Education: A User's Guide, Third Edition continues to bring together the essential elements of qualitative research, including traditions and influences in the field and practical, step-by-step coverage of each stage of the research process. Synthesizing the best thinking on conducting qualitative research in education, author Marilyn Lichtman uses a conversational writing style that draws readers into the excitement of the research process. Real-world examples provide both practical and theoretical information, helping readers understand abstract ideas and apply them to their own research.


Part I: Traditions and Influences
Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview of the Field
Chapter 2. Learning How to Be a Qualitative Researcher
Chapter 3. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Chapter 4. Designing Your Research: Five Popular Research Approaches
Chapter 5. Designing Your Research: Additional Research Approaches
Part II: Gathering, Organizing, and Analyzing
Chapter 6. Social Media, the Internet, and Technology
Chapter 7. Embarking on Qualitative Research
Chapter 8. Reflexivity and Subjectivity
Chapter 9. The Role and Function of a Literature Review
Chapter 10. Learning About Others Through Interviewing
Chapter 11. Learning About Others Through Observations and Other Techniques
Part III: Putting It All Together
Chapter 12. Making Meaning From Your Data
Chapter 13. Communicating Your Ideas
Chapter 14. Judging and Evaluating
Chapter 15. Thinking About the Future
About the Author

"In a crowded market of literature on research methods, it is refreshing to find and recommend to students an introductory text on qualitative research that is theoretical and practical, and scholarly yet accessible."

Richard Taulke-Johnson
Cardiff University

"The activity sections invite the reader to reflect on what they have discussed, either alone or with a group. As a lecturer who is responsible for research methods teaching and undergraduate and post graduate levels this is a feature that I thoroughly appreciate."

Alexandra Allan
Exeter University

An important book for qualitative researchers. I would like to thank SAGE for bringing the book to the field of education. Greetings from Turkey.

Galip ÖNER- Erciyes University-TURKEY

Mr Galip Oner
Education, Erciyes Universitesi
September 18, 2017

This book provides in-depth and invaluable insights to the varied approaches in qualitative research. The chapters are carefully constructed for easy access with good clear examples of practice.

Ms Heather Allison
Department of Education (North Campus), London Metropolitan University
January 5, 2016

This book is easy to read and understand for the bachelorstudents. In addition it gives valuable advices for the bachelor thesis

Mrs Inger Marie Dalehefte
Department of Education, University of Agder
May 20, 2015

This book provides excellent practical examples to show how different approaches and methods can be implemented.
Very accessibly written.

Faculty of Education, Winchester University
March 31, 2015

Lichtman’s book is student-friendly. Her writing style will help students to engage easily with the field of qualitative research. It is particularly useful to introduce education students gradually to the terminology, theory and concepts of qualitative research methodology. The book is full of examples that make the reading even easier and more interesting. This book is an excellent introduction to qualitative research in education. I am recommending it as essential reading for second year students in the BA Educations Studies and students doing the research methods module in the MA Education.

Dr Violeta Perez del Aguila
Department of Social Sciences, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
December 7, 2014

I liked this book a lot, it was a good introductory text for qualitative research and will be especially useful for those Masters students new to research (many of our students on this course are staff and are experienced researchers already).

Dr Martyn Kingsbury
Educational Development Unit, Imperial College
November 21, 2013

I recommended this volume to my posgraduate student in our Master of Educational Psychology

Dr Moises Betancort
Methodology, La Laguna University
October 10, 2013

really liked this for supporting the undergraduate student project

Ms Sarah-Jane Ryan
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
October 9, 2013
Key features


  • A new chapter on the use of social media for data collection, analysis, retrieval, and collaboration expands students' thinking about the relationship between social media and qualitative research.
  • The chapter on data analysis has been expanded to include an emphasis on thematic analysis and narrative approaches.
  • Did You Know? sections have been updated to reflect current research included in the third edition.
  • Updated references in each chapter target the most recent key writing and examples.

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