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Navigating Challenges in Qualitative Educational Research
Research, Interrupted

ISBN 9780367173623
Published June 24, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

How do education researchers navigate the qualitative research process? How do they manage and negotiate myriad decision points at which things can take an unexpected – and sometimes problematic – turn? Whilst these questions are relevant for any research process, the specific issues qualitative researchers face can have impactful repercussions, that if managed adeptly, can lead to successful and even new research opportunities.

Navigating Challenges in Qualitative Educational Research includes narratives that provide real world experiences and accounts of how researchers navigated problematic situations, as well as their considerations in doing so. These contributions give students and researchers a chance to understand the possibilities of research challenges and better prepare for these eventualities and how to deal with them.

Providing educative windows into the challenges and missteps even seasoned researchers face along the way, this book is an invaluable resource for graduate students and early career qualitative researchers, particularly those who are interested in education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Sanitized Research Descriptions and Messy Realities: A Story of Contrasts

Chapter 2: The Wheels of Bureaucracy Go Round and Round

Chapter 3: Research Methods for Reaching Urban Students from Groups Underrepresented in STEM Disciplines

Chapter 4: Chasing the Team: Participant Recruitment Strategies for Qualitative Research into Student-Athlete Writers

Chapter 5: Navigating Administrator-Researcher Roles: Developing Recruitment Strategies for Conducting Programmatic Assessment with Diverse Undergraduate and Graduate Writers

Chapter 6: The Predicament of ‘Being There’: Conflict and Emotional Labor

Chapter 7: Researchers or Service Providers? A Case of Renegotiating Partnership in a Research-Practice Partnership

Chapter 8: Representation and Emotion: Researching in the Rural U.S. in a Politically Polarized Time

Chapter 9: Criss-Cross Applesauce, "Where are you from?" and Other Intellectual Challenges

Chapter 10: Thinking Backward and Forward: Everyday Interruptions in School-Based Research

Chapter 11: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Obstacles and Progress in Conducting Research in Elementary Classrooms

Chapter 12: On Pursuing Quixotic Goals: What are Worthwhile Interruptions to Research?

Chapter 13: Excessive Peer Review and the Death of an Academic Article

Chapter 14: Broader Impact Versus Intellectual Merit in the Dissemination Process

Chapter 15: "There are Notable Linguistic Problems": Publishing as a Non-Native Speaker of English

Afterward: What Interruptions Can Tell Us About the Nature of Qualitative Educational Research


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Todd Ruecker is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

Vanessa Svihla is Associate Professor with appointments in Organization, Information & Learning Sciences and Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico, USA.