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An Introduction to Qualitative Research
Learning in the Field

Fourth Edition
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April 2016 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The updated Fourth Edition of Rossman and Rallis’s popular introductory text leads the new researcher into the field by explaining the core concepts through theory, research, and applied examples. Woven into the chapters are three themes that are the heart of the book: first, research is about learning; second, research can and should be useful; and finally, a researcher should practice the highest ethical standards to ensure that a study is trustworthy. The Fourth Edition includes an elaborate discussion of systematic inquiry as well as a nuanced discussion of developing a conceptual framework. 

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1. Qualitative Research as Learning
Doing Qualitative Research: Tales of Three Characters  
Defining Qualitative Research  
Common Characteristics  
Typical Purposes and Overall Approaches  
The Characters' Choices  
Ways of Using Research  
Dispositions and Skills  
Overview of the Book  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
2. The Researcher as Learner
What is Learning?  
The Reflexivity of Qualitative Research  
Paradigms  
Perspective in Practice  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
3. The Researcher as Competent and Ethical
What Does Trustworthiness Matter?  
What Makes a Trustworthy Study?  
Systematic Practice  
Ethical Practice  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
4. Major Qualitative Research Genres
Choosing the Locus of Interest  
Ethnographic Genres  
Phenomenological Genres  
Sociolinguist Genres  
Case Studies  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
5. Conceptualizing and Planning the Research
Practical Considerations  
What is a Research Proposal?  
Conceptual Framework  
Design and Methods  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
6. Entering the Field
Preparation  
Intended Involvement  
Approach and Negotiations  
Expectations and Relationships  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
7. Gathering Data in the Field
Decisions About Gathering Data  
Systematic Inquiry  
Generic In-Depth Interviewing  
Specialized In-Depth Interviewing  
Special Considerations  
Observing People, Actions, and Events  
Studying Material Culture  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
8. Issues That Arise in the Field
How Do I Prepare to Gather Data?  
How Can I Get Comfortable in the Field?  
What are the Data?  
How Do I Turn Sights, Sounds, and Objects Into Data?  
Two Languages: Which Do I Use?  
How Can I Change My Research Plan?  
What Do I Reflect On?  
How Do I Leave the Field?  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
9. Our Character's Data
Anthony's Data  
Marla's Data  
Ruth's Data  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
 
10. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analysis Happens  
Generic Analysis  
Writing In-Process Analytic Memos  
Strategies for Analyzing Interview Data  
Strategies for Analyzing Field Notes From Observations  
Strategies for Analyzing Material Culture  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  
 
11. Our Characters' Analyses
Anthony's Analysis  
Ruth's Analysis  
Marla's Analysis  
Dispositions and Skills  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
 
12. Presenting the Learnings
Presentation  
Voice  
An Example  
Organizing the Report  
Using the Dispositions and Skills to Generate Useful Knowledge  
Activities for Your Community of Practice  
Further Reading  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Carefully selected, web resources direct you to useful and current content, to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. 
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Carefully selected, web resources direct you to useful and current content, to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. 

“This book has all the resources you need to complete your own research and become a more skilled lifelong learner.”

Michael Quinn Patton
Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Rossman and Rallis build on their experience as researchers, teachers, and authors to update and improve what I think is simply the best available text for an introductory course on qualitative research methods.

Gerardo Blanco Ramirez
University of Massachusetts, Boston

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Gretchen B. Rossman

Gretchen B. Rossman is Professor of International Education at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in higher education administration. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts, she was Senior Research Associate at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia. With an international reputation as a qualitative methodologist, she has expertise in qualitative research design and methods, mixed- methods... More About Author

Sharon F. Rallis

Sharon F. Rallis is Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Previously, she was professor of education at the University of Connecticut; lecturer on education at Harvard; and associate professor of educational leadership at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Her doctorate is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has coauthored numerous books, including several on leadership: Principals of Dynamic Schools: Taking Charge of Change (with Ellen Goldring); Dynamic Teachers: Leaders of Change (with Gretchen Rossman); Leading Dynamic Schools: How to... More About Author

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