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Qualitative Educational Research
Readings in Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice

Edited By

Wendy Luttrell

ISBN 9780415957960
Published September 21, 2009 by Routledge
520 Pages

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Book Description

Qualitative Educational Research is a comprehensive anthology designed to deepen education students' thinking about their qualitative research purposes, questions, and decision-making. Focusing on various epistemological, intellectual, and ethical conflicts in doing social analysis, this reader invites researchers-in-training to explore why, from what perspective, for whose benefit, and with what stakes are research questions being posed. Drawing from her wealth of expertise executing and teaching qualitative research methods, scholar Wendy Luttrell has selected essays that focus specifically on the challenges of qualitative inquiry as they pertain to the field of education. These essays present multiple paradigms and perspectives in qualitative inquiry, including interpretivism, critical theory, cultural studies, feminist theories, critical psychology, and critical race theory. Reflexive writing assignments at the end of the volume expand readers’ understanding of the essays and guide students through developing their own research design.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Promise of Qualitative Research in Education

Section One: On Knowing

1. Foundations of Qualitative Research for Education, Robert C. Bogdan and Sari Knopp Biklen

2. The Lives and Values of Researchers, James A. Banks

3. Studying Urban Schools, Howard S. Becker

4. Knowledge Accumulation: Three Views on the Nature and Role of Knowledge in Social Science, Jennifer C. Greene

5. Seeing through Science: Epistemologies, Joey Sprague

6. On Tricky Ground, Linda Tuhiwai Smith

7. Practice, Participatory Research and Creative Research Designs: The Evolution of Ethical Guidelines for Research, Walter Haney and M. Brinton Lykes

8. Unraveling Ethics, Christine Halse and Anne Honey

9. On Intellectual Craftsmanship, C. Wright Mills

10. From the Seminar Room, Marjorie L. DeVault

Section Two: On Doing

11. Interactive and Reflexive Models of Qualitative Research Design

12. Culture, Development, Disability, R. P. McDermott and Hervé Varenne

13. Grounded Theory: Objectivist and Constructivist Methods, Kathy Charmaz

14. Narrative Inquiry, Susan E. Chase

15. The Cultural Analysis of Discourse, Naomi Quinn

16. "Good Enough" Methods for Life-Story Analysis, Wendy Luttrell

17. Validity: How Might You Be Wrong? Joseph A. Maxwell

18. Validation in Inquiry-Guided Research: The Role of Exemplars in Narrative Studies, Elliot G. Mishler

19. Poor Mothers and Habits of Hiding: Participatory Methods in Poverty Research, Lisa Dodson and Leah Schmalzbauer

20. Don’t Believe the Hype, Ann Arnett Ferguson

Section Three: On Telling

21. The Colonizer/Colonized Chicana Ethnographer: Identity, Marginalization, and Co-optation in the Field, Sofia Villenas

22. "Where Are You Really From?":Representation, Identity and Power in the Fieldwork Experiences of a South Asian Diasporic, Marsha Giselle Henry

23. White Like Me?: Methods, Meaning, and Manipulation in the Field of White Studies, Charles A. Gallagher

24. The Power to Know One Thing Is Never the Power to Know All Things: Methodological Notes on Two Studies of Black American Teachers, Michèle Foster

25. Entering the Inquiry, Susan Talburt

26. Learning from Kids, Barrie Thorne

27. Teacher-Researcher Collaboration from Two Perspectives, Polly Ulichny and Wendy Schoener

28. Writing the "Wrongs" of Fieldwork: Confronting Our Own Research/Writing Dilemmas in Urban Ethnographies, Michelle Fine and Lois Weiss

Section Four: Reflexive Writing Exercises

29. Reflexive Writing Exercises, Wendy Luttrell

30. Summary of Kinds of Responses, Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff

31. "Joining In" and "Knowing the I": On Becoming Reflexive Scholars, Rhoda Bernard, Cleti Cervoni, Charlene Desir, and Corinne McKamey

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Wendy Luttrell is Professor of Urban Education at the Graduate Center, City University of New York


"This terrific collection is a goldmine. It should be required reading in all methods classes. Luttrell is a skilled teacher on every page, helping readers develop the habits of mind essential for responsible research practice."
--Catherine Kohler Riessman, Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Boston College

"An accomplished and innovative ethnographer herself, Wendy Luttrell has called upon her own deep knowledge of the epistemological, practical, and ethical issues of the field to compile this stimulating collection of essays. This comprehensive exploration of the many facets of qualitative research is a gift to students preparing to undertake qualitative research studies in education."

--Kathleen Weiler, Professor of Education, Department of Education, Tufts University

"There are lots of books on qualitative methods, but none like this one. Wendy Luttrell has put together a brilliant and unique collection of essays that interrogate and complicate the process of and products of qualitative research."
--Stacey J. Lee, Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison