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ERIC Number: EJ890035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Teaching against the Text: The Case of Qualitative Methods
Hood, Jane C.
Teaching Sociology, v34 n3 p207-223 Jul 2006
Although all of us must teach against the text at times, I find myself doing this most often when teaching about qualitative methods in the context of a general introductory methods course. Myths about the nature and practice of qualitative research are both embedded in the folklore of mainstream sociology and supported by the textbooks that we use in our classrooms. However, many students resist instructors' attempts to question textbooks, which they regard as "gospel truth". How can we get our students to go beyond both textbook myths and mainstream folklore to grapple with misleading and inaccurate statements? In this article I suggest several strategies to raise awareness of myths about qualitative research, explain why several common statements about qualitative methods are myths, and suggest classroom strategies for engaging students in challenging these myths. I end with an evaluation of my own efforts to teach against the text in an undergraduate methods class. (Contains 2 exhibits.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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