ERIC Number: ED300937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding & Conducting Qualitative Research.
Stainback, Susan; Stainback, William
In this book, which applies the state of the art in qualitative research to special education, qualitative research is used as a generic term for investigative methodologies described variously as ethnographic, naturalistic, anthropological, field research, or participant-observer research. Chapter 1 introduces and defines qualitative research and explains how it differs from quantitative research. Chapter 2 discusses the characteristics of qualitative research and its utility in providing a holistic description of educational programs and their social validity. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 cover methodological considerations involved in designing, conducting, and reporting qualitative research. Specific points covered include: the pre-fieldwork stage, site and participant selection, researcher role, data collection, recording methods, data organization and analysis, corroboration, contents of a written report, report organization, report writing, and report dissemination. The validity, reliability, and generalizability of research findings from a qualitative theoretical orientation are discussed in Chapter 6. Chapter 7 provides guidelines for responsible use of qualitative methodology, by such means as avoiding misuse, avoiding undue claims, and considering ethical issues. (JDD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Ethnography, Field Studies, Generalization, Holistic Approach, Observation, Preschool Education, Program Validation, Qualitative Research, Reliability, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Reports, Special Education, Technical Writing
Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA ($19.50; $15.60 members, Publication No. 329).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.