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Reason Rigor

Reason   Rigor Author Sharon M. Ravitch
ISBN-10 9781483346977
Release 2016-01-04
Pages 264
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Designed for novice as well as more experienced researchers, Reason & Rigor by Sharon M. Ravitch and Matthew Riggan presents conceptual frameworks as a mechanism for aligning literature review, research design, and methodology. The book explores the conceptual framework—defined as both a process and a product—that helps to direct and ground researchers as they work through common research challenges. Focusing on published studies on a range of topics and employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, the updated Second Edition features two new chapters and clearly communicates the processes of developing and defining conceptual frameworks.



Reason Rigor

Reason   Rigor Author Sharon M. Ravitch
ISBN-10 9781412981255
Release 2012
Pages 174
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Designed for novice as well as more experienced researchers embarking on a thesis or dissertation, as well as those advising them, this book presents conceptual frameworks as a mechanism for aligning literature review, research design, and methodology. Defined as an argument about why the topic of a study matters, and why the methods proposed to study it are appropriate and rigorous, the book explores the conceptual framework as both a process and a framework that helps to direct and ground researchers as they work through common research challenges.



Reason Rigor

Reason   Rigor Author Sharon M. Ravitch
ISBN-10 9781506332567
Release 2011-09-13
Pages 200
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Designed for novice as well as more experienced researchers embarking on a thesis or dissertation, as well as those advising them, this book presents conceptual frameworks as a mechanism for aligning literature review, research design, and methodology. Defined as an argument about why the topic of a study matters, and why the methods proposed to study it are appropriate and rigorous, the book explores the conceptual framework as both a process and a framework that helps to direct and ground researchers as they work through common research challenges.



Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research

Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research Author Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
ISBN-10 9781483355283
Release 2014-10-30
Pages 264
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The Second Edition of Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research, by Vincent A. Anfara, Jr. and Norma T. Mertz, brings together some of today’s leading qualitative researchers to discuss the frameworks behind their published qualitative studies. They share how they found and chose a theoretical framework, from what discipline the framework was drawn, what the framework posits, and how it influenced their study. Both novice and experienced qualitative researchers are able to learn first-hand from various contributors as they reflect on the process and decisions involved in completing their study. The book also provides background for beginning researchers about the nature of theoretical frameworks and their importance in qualitative research; about differences in perspective about the role of theoretical frameworks; and about how to find and use a theoretical framework.



Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research Author Sharon M. Ravitch
ISBN-10 9781483351759
Release 2015-08-28
Pages 600
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Focused on developing the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological knowledge needed to engage in rigorous and valid research, this introductory text provides practical explanations, exercises, and advice for how to conduct qualitative research—from design through implementation, analysis, and writing up research. Qualitative Research presents the field in a unique and meaningful way, and helps readers understand what authors Sharon M. Ravitch and Nicole Mittenfelner Carl call “criticality” in qualitative research by communicating its foundations and processes with clarity and simplicity while still capturing complexity. Packed with real-life examples of questions, issues, and situations that stem from the authors’ and their students’ research, the book humanizes the qualitative research endeavor, illustrates the types of scenarios that arise, and emphasizes the importance of actively considering paradigmatic values throughout every stage of the research process. In every chapter, the authors illustrate the qualitative research process as decidedly ideological, political, and subjective using themes of criticality, reflexivity, collaboration, and rigor.



Designing Social Research

Designing Social Research Author Ian Greener
ISBN-10 9781849201902
Release 2011-04-30
Pages 208
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Using everyday jargon-free language, Designing Social Research guides you through the jungle of setting up a research study. Ian Greener provides guidance on how to practically plan your research and helps you to understand the underpinning methodological principles that should inform your decisions about the methods you plan to use. It will help you to assess the appropriateness of a range of methods and to understand the strengths and limitations of different approaches to research. Greener highlights key debates in the field, both philosophical and practical, and presents them in such a way that they remain constantly relevant to research practice. Coverage includes framing an effective research question/problem; examining the jargon of social research; the links between theory, methodology and method; the role of literature reviewing in research design; managing and planning the research process; sampling; qualitative designs; quantitative designs; mixed methods designs and data analysis.



Educational Communities of Inquiry Theoretical Framework Research and Practice

Educational Communities of Inquiry  Theoretical Framework  Research and Practice Author Akyol, Zehra
ISBN-10 9781466621114
Release 2012-09-30
Pages 347
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Communications technologies have been continuously integrated into learning and training environments which has revealed the need for a clear understanding of the process. The Community of Inquiry (COI) Theoretical Framework has a philosophical foundation which provides planned guidelines and principles to development useful learning environments and guarantees successful educational experiences. Educational Communities of Inquiry: Theoretical Framework, Research, and Practice is an extensive reference that offers theoretical foundations and developments associated with the COl theoretical framework. This collection is a valuable source of ideas, research opportunities, and challenges for scholars and practitioners in the field of education technology.



Designing Qualitative Research

Designing Qualitative Research Author Catherine Marshall
ISBN-10 9781483324265
Release 2014-12-16
Pages 352
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Addressing the complexity, flexibility, and controversies of qualitative research’s many genres, Designing Qualitative Research, Sixth Edition gives students, research managers, policy analysts, and applied researchers clear, easy-to-understand guidance on designing qualitative research. While maintaining a focus on the proposal stage, this best-selling book takes readers from selecting a research genre through building a conceptual framework, data collection and interpretation, and arguing the merits of the proposal. Extended discussions cover strategies that researchers can use to address the challenges posed by postmodernists, feminists, and critical race theorists, as well as others who interrogate historical qualitative inquiry. The book also includes thoughtful discussion on trustworthiness and ethics, in addition to dealing with time, resource, and political stressors inherent to the research process. Throughout the book, authors Catherine Marshall and Gretchen B. Rossman emphasize the importance of being systematic but also inspire readers with potential “Aha!” moments and opportunities to do research in close connection with people and communities.



Secrets for a Successful Dissertation

Secrets for a Successful Dissertation Author Jacqueline Fitzpatrick
ISBN-10 9781452250632
Release 1998-03-09
Pages 200
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This book, designed to help doctoral students carry out and complete a successful dissertation, offers a motivational guide to assist in every step of the process. The authors offer a view of the dissertation process which takes students through the doctoral proposal to the formal defense of the dissertation, and which goes beyond the academic by addressing the emotional and mental stress engendered by the process itself.



How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences

How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences Author Scott R. Harris
ISBN-10 9781483322919
Release 2013-09-23
Pages 136
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How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences, by Scott R. Harris, is a brief, introductory book that provides readers with a step-by-step guide to reading and understanding a social science research article. The author demonstrates the many strengths of social research, including its advantages over ordinary ways of knowing things, and, at the same time, points out that research is inevitably flawed. Rather than naively assuming that good research simply produces “The Truth” or cynically asserting that research is hopelessly biased and futile, this book instills in readers a critical perspective—one that appreciates the strengths and weaknesses of any piece of scholarship.



Engaging The Curriculum

Engaging The Curriculum Author Barnett, Ronald
ISBN-10 9780335212897
Release 2004-10-01
Pages 190
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This book discusses the changes taking place in higher education, especially in the UK, in which curricula are being reframed to enable students to acquire skills that have market value.



Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

Research Methods and Methodologies in Education Author Robert Coe
ISBN-10 9781526412669
Release 2017-03-20
Pages 400
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Best-selling, all-encompassing textbook for research methods in education.



Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation A Road Map From Beginning to End

Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation  A Road Map From Beginning to End Author Linda Dale Bloomberg
ISBN-10 9781452202709
Release 2012-04-26
Pages 312
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Graduate students often struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End, Second Edition helps address that challenge. Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe have distilled decades of experience of dissertation advisement and successful doctoral defenses into this highly practical reference for graduate students. They focus on finding and articulating a clear research problem, purpose, and questions; laying out a research design that will lead to gathering the right kind of data and support the right kind of analysis; and writing up and defending the study. To help, they provide working tools, an integrative summary discussion at the end of each chapter, comprehensive checkists, and an annotated bibliography in each chapter.



Qualitative Research Design

Qualitative Research Design Author Joseph A. Maxwell
ISBN-10 9781452285832
Release 2012-06-08
Pages 232
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Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Third Edition provides researchers and students with a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. Joseph A. Maxwell shows how the components of design interact with each other, and provides a strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design components, highlighting key design issues. Written in an informal, jargon-free style, the book incorporates examples and hands-on exercises. "This book uses everyday language that will captivate students' attention and embed practical knowledge to supplement the technical." —Gaetane Jean-Marie, University of Oklahoma "The key strengths of the text are the passion and the enthusiasm that Dr. Maxwell has for qualitative research after all these years. I feel I can also utilize these concepts on my own research team and take them out of the classroom and into research team meetings with colleagues." —Deborah Gioia, University of Maryland, Baltimore "I really liked this book. I found myself taking notes and saying "yes" so many times because Maxwell captures the research process so well and provides many points worth quoting. As a faculty mentor, I particularly see the value of this book for my students who are conducting qualitative dissertations." —Mary S. Enright, Capella University "The text is incredibly engaging and practical...So many of the issues raised in the book are central to qualitative research, yet often not explicitly discussed in 'public' venues." - David Carlone, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro "I particularly like the interactive focus and believe that helps students to more realistically engage qualitative research design. It certainly lives up to its billing as a good guidebook, and I appreciate the fact that the author really concentrates on useful content, exercises, insights, and examples, and leaves extensive theory discussions to others." - Sharon L. Caudle, Texas A & M University



Nursing Concept Analysis

Nursing Concept Analysis Author Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
ISBN-10 9780826126825
Release 2016-01-28
Pages 328
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The only text to feature examples of 30 key concept analyses supporting nursing research and practice This DNP and PhD doctoral-level nursing text delivers analyses of 30 core concepts that define nursing theory, research, education, and professional practice. Grounded in the concept analysis framework developed by Walker and Avant, the book clearly demonstrates how concepts are used to build theory, support research, and improve education and professional practice. Designed to facilitate practical applications of concept analysis methodology, all chapters provide an explicit description of each concept and a consistent framework for its analysis. Additionally, a diagrammatic representation of characteristics across concepts allows readers to make comparisons and ultimately to build on the text’s knowledge base. Expert authors from clinical and research disciplines focus on the core of nursing-- the nurse-patient relationship--grouping concepts into the categories of patient/client-focused concepts, career-focused concepts, and organizational/systems-focused concepts. Within these groups the book addresses such contemporary themes as hope, postpartum depression, resilience, self-care, cultural competence, and many others. With its expansive descriptions and analyses of key nursing concepts within a consistent framework, the book will help nurse scholars to develop a sophisticated analytic ability and provide graduate nursing students with a foundation for developing a DNP capstone or PhD research project. Key Features: Offers in-depth description and analyses of 30 core concepts relevant to nursing and related disciplines Provides a consistent analytic framework throughout Demonstrates a highly practical application of concept analysis methodology Includes diagrams of characteristics across concepts for comparison Authored by renowned scholars and practitioners



Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals

Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals Author W. Paul Vogt
ISBN-10 0205359132
Release 2007
Pages 334
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This concise text discusses a wide range of quantitative research methods, including advanced techniques such as logic regression, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling. Because the text emphasizes concepts rather than mathematics and computational formulas, it is accessible to a wide range of research users, Professional practitioners in areas such as education, business, social work, and psychology gain an understanding of research methods, enabling them to interpret advanced research in their fields. Features: -Accessibility to readers of any level, including those with no mathematics beyond elementary arithmetic and a limited background in research methods and statistics, as text discusses advanced methods with ease. -Three part organization-The Basics, Advanced Methods, and Specialized Applications-provides instructors the flexibility to choose among advanced techniques and specialized applications. -Real data is used to illustrate and compare the uses of analytic techniques. Students are provided with the data sets so they can use a statistical package to try out the techniques on their own. -Integrated discussions of design and measurement as well as analysis provide students with a complete picture of the entire research process. -Helpful and thoughtful discussion questions help instructors and students probe subjects more deeply and apply the chapters' concepts to topics of particular interest to them. -An informative self-test comprised of multiple-choice and true-false questions concludes each chapter. -An online Instructor's Manual contains discussion of self-test questions and their answers, as well as hundreds of additional field-tested test questions that instructors may use for their examinations. Package this text with [ MyLabSchool Logo ] and Research Navigator-a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life! Visit www.mylabschool.com for more information!



Leadership as Practice

Leadership as Practice Author Joseph A. Raelin
ISBN-10 9781317408239
Release 2016-01-29
Pages 310
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This book develops a new paradigm in the field of leadership studies, referred to as the "leadership-as-practice" (L-A-P) movement. Its essence is its conception of leadership as occurring as a practice rather than residing in the traits or behaviours of particular individuals. A practice is a coordinative effort among participants who choose through their own rules to achieve a distinctive outcome. It also tends to encompass routines as well as problem-solving or coping skills, often tacit, that are shared by a community. Accordingly, leadership-as-practice is less about what one person thinks or does and more about what people may accomplish together. It is thus concerned with how leadership emerges and unfolds through day-to-day experience. The social and material contingencies impacting the leadership constellation – the people who are effecting leadership at any given time – do not reside outside of leadership but are very much embedded within it. To find leadership, then, we must look to the practice within which it is occurring. The leadership-as-practice approach resonates with a number of closely related traditions, such as collective, shared, distributed, and relational leadership, that converge on leadership processes. These approaches share a line of inquiry that acknowledges leadership as a social phenomenon. The new focus opens up a plethora of research opportunities encouraging the study of social processes beyond influence, such as intersubjective agency, shared sense-making, dialogue, and co-construction of responsibilities.