Planning Your Qualitative Research Thesis and Project
An Introduction to Interpretivist Research in Education and the Social Sciences
The new edition of Planning Your Qualitative Research Thesis and Project provides easily accessible worked examples and valuable models which can be used as guides for plans and proposals. By demonstrating the thought and forward planning that is required when proposing a credible interpretivist study, this book provides the reader with all the theory and practical understanding necessary to conduct a successful qualitative research project.
This new edition provides examples of contemporary topics related to a range of countries across the developed and developing world, and new chapters which include:
- An example of a ‘perspectives‘ study
- Policy studies and the interpretivist paradigm
- Life history studies
- Interactionist historical studies
- The interpretivist paradigm and research based on ‘problem focused‘ ideas
With chapters and studies providing contemporary and relevant examples, this new edition is the perfect introductory guide for students looking to complete their first qualitative thesis project. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, it is an accessible introduction, and an invaluable resource for early stage doctoral students, and for students undertaking research and enquiry.
Table of Contents
List of tables;Preface;Acknowledgements;PART I
An overview of the research process; 1 Introduction; 2 The general background; 3 Posing the questions; 4 What is theory and what is its value?; 5 An example of a ‘perspectives’ study; 6 An example of a study on how participants ‘deal with’ a particular phenomenon; PART II
Extending the range of interpretivist studies; 7 A proposal for a perspectives study; 8 A proposal for a study of how people ‘deal with’ a phenomenon; 9 A proposal for a policy study; 10 A proposal for a life history study; 11 A proposal for an interactionist historical study; 12. Research on problem-focused proposals: Proposal No. 1; 13. Research on problem-focused proposals: proposal No. 2; References; Index
Tom O'Donoghue is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia.