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Qualitative Research in Education

Qualitative Research in Education
A User's Guide

Third Edition

January 2012 | 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

Good book for undergraduates.

Dr Seidu Salifu
Teacher Training, NESCOT
February 14, 2013

This is an easily read and understood book for the undergraduate student who is starting to do a qualitative research based dissertation. It describes the main theories and methods in simple to understand terms as well as giving an over view of qualitative research.

Ms Denise Elliott
primary education, Stranmillis University College
October 11, 2012

A useful supplementary text which aids student's understanding of the nature of qualitative research as they begin their research journey .

Mrs Jean Bourne
Community Studies, Herefordshire College of Technology
October 11, 2012

Useful as a specific focus on qualitative research, which is what most students tend to undertake, so this provides a good text to add to other recommended titles on research methods. It is clear and approachable.

Karen Lockney
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
September 13, 2012

This is a useful reference book for M level students and I anticipate that it will be well used in dissertation supervision.

Dorothy McMillan
Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College
August 14, 2012

I like the east -to-read book. Those who start to do qualitiative research, it is a must to have. Excellent structure of the book. I must congratulate the author for a such good book. Well done.

Professor Micheal Van Wyk
Teacher Education, University of South Africa (UNISA)
July 26, 2012

This is useful to my own and colleagues research within education, and i sent to see if there were transfereable chapters which would be useful to my students, and this wasnt the case. That said, I feel it is a very good text for researchers within educational settings.

Mrs Pamela Schultz
Interdiscipline , University Campus Suffolk
July 20, 2012

This book offers a succint and readable overview of qualitative research for social science students.

Professor Lesley Wood
Educational Psychology , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
June 11, 2012

The range of different qualitative approaches were clearly explained.

Mrs Sharon Tonner
Primary Education, Dundee University
June 1, 2012

A companion book used in the approach to Research Methods for a Post graduate course. Particularly useful for those students who have not carried out this type of research before. A good practical guide as to how qualitative research is collected and analysed.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
May 27, 2012
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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