2nd Edition

Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research in Higher Education
Fundamental Elements and Issues

ISBN 9780203123836
Published July 24, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research in Higher Education illuminates the complex nature of qualitative research, while attending to issues of application. This text addresses the fundamentals of research through discussion of strategies, ethical issues, and challenges in higher education. In addition to walking through the methodological steps, this text considers the conceptual reasons behind qualitative research and explores how to conduct qualitative research that is rigorous, thoughtful, and theoretically coherent. Seasoned researchers Jones, Torres, and Arminio combine high-level theory with practical applications and examples, showing how research in higher education can produce improved learning outcomes for students, especially those who have been historically marginalized. This book will help students in higher education and Student Affairs graduate programs to cultivate an appreciation for the complexity and ambiguity of the research and the ways to think thorough questions and tensions that emerge in the process.

New in This Edition:

  • Updated citations and content throughout to reflect the newest thinking and scholarship
  • Expansion of current exemplars of qualitative research
  • New exercises, activities, and examples throughout to bolster accessibility of theory
  • A new chapter on Theoretical Perspectives with attention to new perspectives increasingly used in higher education and Student Affairs
  • A new chapter on Challenges in Data Collection

Table of Contents

Chapter One Situating the Research: First Steps

Chapter Two Meeting the Obligations of High Quality Inquiry

Chapter Three Incorporating Theoretical Perspectives

Chapter Four Designing Research

Chapter Five Perspectives on Sampling

Chapter Six Challenges in Collecting Data

Chapter Seven Issues in Analysis and Interpretation

Chapter Eight Anticipating and Navigating Ethical Issues

Chapter Nine Lessons Learned and Future Directions

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Susan R. Jones is Professor and Section Head of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University, USA.

Vasti Torres is Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida, USA.

Jan Arminio is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Program at George Mason University, USA.


"Jones, Torres, and Arminio once again lean into the complexities of qualitative inquiry and offer a deeply insightful examination that will satisfy both the novice and seasoned scholar."

-- Tracy L. Davis, Professor and College Student Personnel Program Coordinator, Western Illinois University

"In the crowded market of qualitative inquiry texts, Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research in Higher Education (2nd edition) stands out. This introductory text is contemporary, multifaceted, and accessible."

—Peter Magolda, Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education, Miami University

"This thoughtful revision draws from the latest qualitative research in the field and includes representative examples for further exploration."

-- Penny A. Pasque, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma