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Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research [Kindle Edition]

Vincent A. Anfara , Norma T. Mertz
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  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1412914161
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Book Description

This unique book specifically addresses the role and place of theoretical frameworks in qualitative research and provides direct advice about identifying and using such frameworks. Through examples of published research studies, contributing authors walk the reader through the processes they used to find and apply a theoretical framework to the particular phenomenon they were studying.

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"Although the book is aimed at graduate students and novice researchers, its content-especially the introduction-has value to all social science researchers, regardless of whether they pursue qualitative or quantitative research." (Peter Hernon )

About the Author

Vincent A. Anfara, Jr. is Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans in 1995. Before entering the professoriate he taught for 23 years in both middle and high schools in Louisiana and New Mexico. His research interests include middle school reform, leadership in middle schools, issues related to student achievement, and qualitative research methods. He is Past-President of AERA’s Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group, the Chair of the National Middle School Association’s (NMSA) Research Committee, and a board member of the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools (TAMS). His research has been published in Educational Researcher, Education and Urban Society, School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and the NASSP Bulletin. His most recent book, From the Desk of the Middle School Principal: Leadership Responsive to the Needs of Young Adolescents (2002), was published by Scarecrow Press. He is the series editor of The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education.

Norma T. Mertz is Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee. She received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a collateral in anthropology and education. Before becoming a faculty member in educational administration at The University of Tennessee she taught language arts and social studies in every grade from 7th through 12th; prepared teachers to work in urban, inner city-schools in Michigan and New York City as an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University and Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges; and was an assistant director of the Race Desegregation Assistance Center and Director of the Sex Equity Assistance Center before joining the faculty of educational administration. Her research has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, Urban Education, Journal of School Leadership, Planning and Changing, and Communications of the ACM, and represents both qualitative and quantitative research designs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0084P3T60
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; 1 edition (March 24, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FPZ2CC
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars San Antonio June 2, 2008
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Very good book for research students who desire a solid foundation in the use of theory in their studies. This book is scholarly, yet the use of theory is presented in a very straightfoward and quite easy to understand manner. Those who have stuggled with the use of theory in the past will find this book to be very helpful.
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After reading this book, the meaning and use of theory in my research clicked and now I totally get it. The authors provide an in-depth description of theory and its importance to the development of research. There are also chapters that discuss the use of a particular theory embedded in various studies with explanations of why the researchers used them. Outstanding resource and a must read for anyone beginning the road toward dissertation completion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professor wanted it August 23, 2007
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My professor wanted us to use this book in planning our doctoral research proposal. He's the best, so you know the book must be great.
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