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
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.