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Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach [Paperback]

Joseph A. Maxwell
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October 28, 2004 0761926089 978-0761926085 2nd
Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Second Edition provides researchers and students with a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. A bestseller in its First Edition, this invaluable book presents an innovative approach to the components of design and how they interact with each other. The text presents a clear strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design components and highlights key design issues. Based on a course the author taught for seven years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the work is written in an informal, jargon-free style and incorporates many examples and hands-on exercises.

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"Using sage advise and specific examples directly from his research methods courses and actual dissertation proposals, the author provides an easy-to-read guide to many of the design issues that often seem vague, mysterious, and daunting to novices when planning qualitative studies. Maxwell delivers on his promise to present "an approach to qualitative research design that both captures what qualitative researchers really do, and provides support and guidance for those embarking for the first time on designing a qualitative study". He creatively uses folktales, movie plots, real-life examples, and the personal stories of graduate students to bring out his and the students' passions for qualitative research." (Karen Skibba 2006-06-09)

"Nice, easy to read, step by step process-oriented text for undergrads." (Kim Powell)

"The practical checklists, exercises, stories and scripts, together with the analogies with quantitative research, are extremely useful in helping both graduate students and novice researchers conduct qualitative research. Experienced researcher, too, can find the book helpful, especially in writing proposals for funding." (Marzieh Tafaghodtari Comparative Book Review 2010-06-02)

About the Author

Joseph A. Maxwell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, where he teaches courses on research design and methods and on writing a dissertation proposal. He has published work on qualitative research and evaluation, mixed method research, sociocultural theory, Native American social organization, and medical education. He has also worked extensively in applied settings. He has presented seminars and workshops on teaching qualitative research methods and on using qualitative methods in various applied fields, and has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Europe, and China. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2nd edition (October 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761926089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761926085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars has no equal. April 26, 2007
This brief, thorough, and engaging introduction to qualitative research design has no equal. Maxwell avoids the superficial and confused paradigm discussions that so many qualitative authors engage in. He takes a pragmatic and rigorous approach that builds on the potential strengths of qualitative research while promoting well-accepted principles of scientific validity and integrity.

The chapter on validity is especially noteworthy, recognizing that "Validity is a goal not a product; it is never something that can be proven or taken for granted" and that "Validity is also relative: It has to be assessed in relationship to the purposes and circumstances of the research, rather than being a context-independent property of methods or conclusions. Finally validity threats are made implausible by evidence not methods; methods are only a way of getting evidence that can help you rule out these threats." Amen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read March 17, 2006
This is the best book I have found that describes, in simple easy to read language, how to design qualitative research. I enjoyed reading it. The exercises included throughout the book facilitated my learning. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for your dissertation proposal! October 9, 2007
This was by far the most useful resource that I found for my dissertation proposal. Maxwell's writing is clear, smart, and informative. The sample proposal in the back of the book was extremely useful as well.
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Joseph Maxwell is always engaging regardless of the topic. Very insightful and helpful as I work toward the completion of my degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book November 24, 2010
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This is an awesome book. I love how everything is easy to understand. I love the way the author laid out the details and explained concepts. The examples are very helpful & so are the diagrams. Also, the fact that the book is small makes it approachable even though some of the material may be challenging. I would recommend this book to both students learning qualitative design for the first time and professors who want a good book for their students.
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