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The book represents the 'lived experience' of doing qualitative research. It addresses the needs of students as well as experienced quantitative researchers who seek instruction in, and exemplars of, qualitative methods. Though the contributions to this book represent diverse voices, a common purpose unites them--a desire to bolster the supportive structures and methodological rigor of qualitative studies.
Part One: EXEMPLARS.
1. "Grounded Theory," Julianne S. Oktay.
A. Experiences of Women Whose Mothers Had Breast Cancer. B. Juggling many Roles: Doing a Grounded Theory Project.
2. "Narrative Analysis," Roberta G. Sands.
A. When A Daughter is "Reborn": A Cross-National Mother-Daughter Study. B. Personal Reflections on Narratives and Knowing.
3. "Ethnography," Jerry Floersch.
A. Case Managers and Invented Clinical Knowledge. B. Practice Ethnography: On Becoming a Practitioner-Researcher.
4. "Case Study," James W. Drisko.
A. The Voice of the Consumer in Intensive Family Preservation Programs. B. Doing Qualitative Case Study Research.
5. "Mixed Methods," Deborah Gioia.
A. The Meaning of Work for Young Adults with Schizophrenia. B. A Process Essay: The Path of a Doctoral Student.
6. "Program Evaluation," Amy Barr.
A. Qualitative Evaluation of a Supported Housing Program for Homeless Persons with Severe Mental Illness. B. The Angels are Breaking Their Wings.
Part Two: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES--NEW AND OLD.
Introduction to Part Two.
7. "Analyzing Qualitative Data in a Cross-Language Context: A Collaborative Model," Tazuko Shibusawa and Ellen Lukens.
8. "Using Computer Software," James W. Drisko.
9. "The Role of the Mentoring Relationship: A Dialogue," R. Dennis Shelby and Ida Roldan.
10. "Peer Debriefing and Support Groups," Deborah K. Padgett, Reji Mathew and Susan Conte.
11. "Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research With High-Risk Populations: Handle with Care," Deborah Waldrop.
12. "'Doing' Narrative Analysis," Margareta Hyden and Carolina Overlien.
13. "Mixed Methods, Serendipity, and Concatenation," Deborah K. Padgett.
14. "Spreading the Word: Writing and Disseminating Qualitative Studies," Deborah K. Padgett.
15. "Coming of Age: Theoretical Thinking, Social Responsibility, and a Global Perspective in Qualitative Research," Deborah K. Padgett.
Appendix: "A Few Observations for Students," Deborah K. Padgett.
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