Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods

Integrating Theory and Practice

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483314812

Category: Social Science

Page: 832

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Drawing on more than 40 years of experience conducting applied social science research and program evaluation, author Michael Quinn Patton has crafted the most comprehensive and systematic book on qualitative research and evaluation methods, inquiry frameworks, and analysis options available today. Now offering more balance between applied research and evaluation, this Fourth Edition of Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods illuminates all aspects of qualitative inquiry through new examples, stories, and cartoons; more than a hundred new summarizing and synthesizing exhibits; and a wide range of new highlight sections/sidebars that elaborate on important and emergent issues. For the first time, full case studies are included to illustrate extended research and evaluation examples. In addition, each chapter features an extended "rumination," written in a voice and style more emphatic and engaging than traditional textbook style, about a core issue of persistent debate and controversy.
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Student Affairs Assessment

Theory to Practice

Author: Gavin W. Henning,Darby Roberts

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1620363380

Category: Education

Page: 356

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With the recognition of the integral role of student affairs in student education, and with stakeholders requiring increasing accountability at a time of tight resources, it has become imperative that staff be familiar with and competent in undertaking assessment. This book provides student affairs staff with the grounding they need to integrate assessment into how they design and monitor the programs, services, and activities they create to contribute to students’ development. This book is intended both as a text for student affairs and higher education master’s programs, and as a practical guide for early career staff who have had little formal preparation in assessment. It can be used for self-study or in professional development workshops. For divisions, departments, or units getting started with assessment, the discussion questions at the end of the chapters can engage staff in the process of developing an effective assessment culture. This book provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of assessment, assuming no prior knowledge, and illustrated throughout with examples of application in student affairs settings. Key elements include: • Takes into account the latest standards and competencies defined by AAC&U, ACPA, AER, CAS, NASPA, and others • Introductory and comprehensive • Provides essential background and theory • Covers preparation, planning and design • Describes the full range of assessment methods • Introduces principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis • Guidance on using and sharing results • Addresses cultivating and sustaining a culture of assessment • Considers ethical and political concerns • Covers use of technology • Illustrated throughout by examples of practice in student affairs.
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Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Author: John McLeod

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1849206651

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Qualitative methods are particularly suited to answering the kinds of questions that counsellors and psychotherapists need to ask about their practice. Qualitative Research Methods in Counselling and Psychotherapy has therefore been written to help researchers find their way through the range of methodologies and techniques available to them. Leading expert, and best selling author John McLeod takes the reader through each stage of the research process, explaining techniques for gathering data, writing up the study and evaluating the findings. Each qualitative method is clearly described and critically assessed in terms of its own strengths and weaknesses. Examples from actual research studies are given to show how
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Theory and Methods in Social Research

Author: Bridget Somekh,Cathy Lewin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446246320

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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This new edition provides a scholarly and readable introduction to all the key qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods, enabling postgraduate and masters-level students and new researchers to reflect on which ones suit their needs and to receive guidance on how to find out more. With chapters written by experienced research practitioners, this second edition has been extensively expanded and updated. There are seven completely new chapters, as well as: - new material on literature reviews - a new introduction to quantitative methods - an expanded glossary - Weblinks with free access to a wide range of peer-reviewed journal articles - an annotated bibliography with conversational notes from authors in each chapter. This book will act as your 'expert friend' throughout your research project, providing advice, explaining key concepts and the implications for your research design, and illustrating these with examples of real research studies.
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Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology

Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Author: Donna M. Mertens

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761928058

Category: Education

Page: 507

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The Second Edition continues and expands upon the approach that made the first edition an international bestseller. It includes sections and chapters on: the analysis of methodological advances in conducting research in culturally complex communities; coverage of electronic resources now available to researchers and evaluators; an additional emphasis on program evaluation; and, a new chapter on mixed methods research. Each chapter carefully explains a step of the research process from literature review to analysis and reporting. Additionally, sample studies and abstracts are included in each chapter to illustrate the concepts discussed in that section of the book.
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Qualitative Research

An Introduction to Methods and Designs

Author: Stephen D. Lapan,MaryLynn T. Quartaroli,Frances J. Riemer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118118855

Category: Education

Page: 560

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The authors—noted scholars and researchers—provide an up-to-date guide to qualitative study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Step by step, the authors explain a range of methodologies and methods for conducting qualitative research focusing on how they are applied when conducting an actual study. The book includes methods of data collection, specific approaches to qualitative research, and current issues in the field. Specifically, chapters cover the methods, designs, and analyses related to the methodologies of history, case study, program evaluation, ethnography, autoethnography, narrative, life histories, emancipatory discourses, feminist perspectives, African American inquiry, indigenous studies, and practitioner qualitative research.
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Advanced Qualitative Research for Nursing

Author: Joanna Latimer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405149981

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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This collection presents up-to-the-minute qualitative researchmethodologies creatively developed by and within nursing. The bookis written by authors at the forefront of their fields. It is aimedat enabling people to research critical issues for nursing practiceand health care. Nurses face the imperative for practice grounded inresearch-based evidence. The book demonstrates how qualitativemethodologies can produce rigorous and valid research. Drawing onempirical data each chapter introduces a particular contemporaryapproach; examines the literature in its field; discusses itsrelevance for nursing and health care; and explains what claims toknowledge can be made.
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Social Work Practice Research for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Anne E. Fortune,Philip McCallion,Katharine Briar-Lawson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231512643

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Social work professionals must demonstrate their effectiveness to legislators and governments, not to mention clients and incoming practitioners. A thorough evaluation of the activities, ethics, and outcomes of social work practice is critical to maintaining investment and interest in the profession and improving the lives of underserved populations. Incorporating the concerns of a new century into a consideration of models for practice research, this volume builds on the visionary work of William J. Reid (1928-2003) who transformed social work research through empirically based and task-centered approaches-and, more recently, synthesized intervention knowledge for framing future study. This collection reviews the task-centered model and other contemporary Evidence-Based Practice models for working with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Essays demonstrate the value of these pragmatic approaches in the United States and international settings. Contributors summarize state-of-the-art methods in several key fields of service, including children and families, aging, substance abuse, and mental health. They also evaluate the research movement itself, outlining an agenda for today's sociopolitical landscape and the profession. This volume inspires practice research to prioritize evidence as a base for the profession.
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Feminist Evaluation and Research

Theory and Practice

Author: Sharon Brisolara,Denise Seigart,Saumitra SenGupta

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462517900

Category: Education

Page: 368

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This thought-provoking book explores the 'whats,' 'whys,' and 'hows' of integrating feminist theory and methods into applied research and evaluation practice. Illustrative cases drawn from U.S. and international studies address a range of social and health issues. The book provides an overview of feminist theory and research strategies as well as detailed discussions of how to use a feminist lens, practical steps and challenges in implementation, and what feminist methods contribute to research and evaluation projects. Reflections at the close of each section invite the reader to consider key questions and common themes across the chapters. With a focus on social justice models, the book covers ways to conduct feminist research and evaluation in effective, innovative, and culturally competent ways in diverse social and cultural contexts.
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Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483306976

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

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Based on Michael Quinn Patton's best-selling Utilization-Focused Evaluation, this briefer book provides an overall framework and essential checklist steps for designing and conducting evaluations that actually get used. The new material and innovative graphics present the utilization-focused evaluation process as a complex adaptive system, incorporating current understandings about systems thinking and complexity concepts. The book integrates theory and practice, is based on both research and professional experience, and offers new case examples and cartoons with Patton's signature humor.
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