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Qualitative Dissertation Methodology
A Guide for Research Design and Methods



January 2018 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Designing and writing a qualitative dissertation methodology chapter can be done!

Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. With a warm and supportive tone, he walks students through the process from the very start, from choosing chairs and developing qualitative support networks to outlining the qualitative chapter and delving into the writing. By the end of the book, students will have completed the most challenging chapter of a qualitative dissertation and laid a strong foundation for the rest of their dissertation work.

Corresponding videos featuring the author help concepts come alive for your students. Learn more:
Developing Skills in Formulating Qualitative Research Questions
Key Skills in Writing a Qualitative Research Proposal

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART 1 PREPARING FOR METHODOLOGICAL WORK
 
Chapter 1 Working as a Qualitative Methodologist in Dissertation Contexts
Ensuring That Qualitative Methodology Is the Right Fit for Your Dissertation Research Interests  
Developing a Qualitative Methodology for Your Dissertation  
Becoming a Qualitative Dissertation Methodologist  
Designing an Executable Qualitative Dissertation Methodology  
Putting Together Your Qualitative Dissertation Advising Chair and Committee  
Chapter Summary  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 2 Understanding a Dissertation as Qualitative Methodology: A Section-by-Section Approach
Dissertations as Socially Constructed Processes and Products of Cultural Values and Rituals  
Current Thinking on the Dissertation: Critiques and Emerging Approaches  
Understanding Methodology in Qualitative Research  
Qualitative Dissertation Methodology in Doctoral Program Contexts  
Contextualizing Qualitative Methodology in Dissertation Research  
Meaningfully Designing a Qualitative Methodological Framework: A Section-by-Section Approach  
Chapter Summary  
Questions for Application  
 
PART 2 DEVELOPING A METHODOLOGY CHAPTER
 
Chapter 3 Framing a Dissertation Study Through a Research Tradition
A Story About Research Traditions in Qualitative Dissertation Methodology  
Leading to Qualitative Research Traditions: Research Paradigms in Qualitative Inquiry  
Qualitative Research Traditions in Dissertations  
Integrating Methodology in Qualitative Dissertations Through Research Traditions  
Conceptualizing a Qualitative Research Tradition Chapter Section  
Writing a Qualitative Research Tradition Section: Methodology Chapter Template  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 4 Identifying a Research Setting and Exploring Research Contexts
Connecting Research and Practice: Initial Considerations in Research Settings  
Site Selection as a Process: Using a Systematic Approach With Physical or Virtual Locations  
When Research Settings Do Not Lead to a Specific Site or Sites  
Gaining Access and Seeking Approval to Work at a Site  
Describing Research Settings: Historical, Contextual, and Locational Cues  
Integrating Methodology in Qualitative Dissertations: Research Settings  
Conceptualizing a Qualitative Research Setting Chapter Section  
Writing a Qualitative Research Setting Section: Methodology Chapter Template  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 5 Working With Data Sources: Selecting Research Participants and Forming Research Samples
A Transition From Sampling at the Site Level to the Participant Level  
Decisions About Research Participants: Data Sources, Data Types, and Data Collection Methods  
Sampling and Selection Strategies With Research Participants  
Successful Outcomes: Inviting and Negotiating Research Participation  
Describing Research Samples: Sharing Their Stories, Protecting Their Identities  
Integrating Methodology in Qualitative Dissertations: Data Sources and Sample  
Conceptualizing a Data Sources and Sample Chapter Section  
Writing a Data Sources and Sample Section: Qualitative Methodology Chapter Template  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 6 Developing Data Collection Instruments and Describing Data Collection Procedures
Gathering Information: Detailing Data Collection Methods, Procedures, and Instruments  
Instrumentation in Qualitative Inquiry: Constructing and Integrating Your Guides  
Procedural Steps With Collecting Data: From Standard Practice to Pragmatic Considerations  
Building a Social Network in the Field: Practical Considerations to Facilitate Data Collection  
Power Dynamics in the Field: Accounting for Positions and Positionality in Research Contexts  
Integrating Methodology in Qualitative Dissertations: Data Collection Instruments and Procedures  
Conceptualizing a Data Collection Instruments and Procedures Chapter Section  
Writing a Data Collection Instruments and Procedures Section: Qualitative Methodology Chapter Template  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 7 Articulating Data Analysis Procedures
Understanding the Analytical Process in Qualitative Research  
Analysis as a Three-Phase Process in Qualitative Dissertation Methodology  
Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) in Dissertations  
Integrating Methodology in Qualitative Dissertations: Data Analysis Procedures  
Conceptualizing a Data Analysis Procedures Chapter Section  
Writing a Data Analysis Section: Qualitative Methodology Chapter Template  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 8 Adopting a Reflexive Practice With a Discussion of Researcher Roles
Why Consider Researcher Roles in Your Dissertation Research?  
Roles and Subjectivities, or What You and Participants (and Readers) Bring to Your Study  
Research Effects on Methodology: Implications for Results and Findings  
Mitigating Research Effects: Strategies to Account for Who You Are in Your Study  
Integrating Methodology in Qualitative Dissertations: Researcher Roles  
Conceptualizing a Researcher Roles Chapter Section  
Writing a Researcher Roles Section: Qualitative Methodology Chapter Template  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
PART 3 TRANSITIONING TO WORK AFTER A METHODOLOGY CHAPTER
 
Chapter 9 Protecting Human Research Participants in Qualitative Dissertation Methodology
The Methodology Chapter as an Ethical Contract  
Background to Human Subjects Protections and Research Governance  
Recent Changes in Human Subjects Research: Updates to the Common Rule  
Research Governance as a Process: Navigating Institutional Review Board (IRB) Procedural Requirements  
Discussing Protections of Human Research Subjects in Qualitative Dissertation Methodology  
Writing and Revising an IRB Protocol: Strategies for Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Checklist for Methodology Chapter Development  
Questions for Application  
 
Chapter 10 Writing Up and Presenting Results of Qualitative Data Analysis
Why Think About Your Results and Conclusions Chapter(s) Now?  
The Overall Functions of Qualitative Dissertation Results and Findings Chapters  
Strategies to Display Data and Communicate Results and Findings  
Organizing a Dissertation Chapter or Chapters on Results and Interpretation of Data Analysis  
Disseminating and Presenting Results of Your Qualitative Dissertation Work  
Chapter Summary  
Questions for Application  
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author

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Nathan Richard Durdella

Nathan Durdella, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Northridge, where he advises master’s and doctoral students, supervises doctoral student dissertation studies, and teaches graduate-level courses in action research, grant writing, academic planning, and qualitative research design and methods. Durdella holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science, a master’s degree in Latin American studies, a master’s degree in education, and a doctoral degree in education—all from the University of California, Los Angeles. More About Author

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