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Department: Doctor of Philosophy in Project Management
Module Description: This module covers the underlying theory and forms of qualitative research approaches, methods and ethics as they apply to education. This includes acquiring a critical and interpretive understanding of qualitative research approaches, theories and concepts, as well as methods and techniques that constitute the qualitative research realm. This also includes an introduction to epistemology, ontology, and research ethics.
The emphasis in this module will be on an understanding of and rationale for adopting qualitative research for education, as well as controversies and debates about qualitative forms, the role of the researcher, rights of the research subject, cultural and social norms, and research practices in educational settings. This involves examining some of the more prominent forms and examples of qualitative research that are well-established in educational fields, such as grounded theory, ethnography, narrative research, semiotics, visual sources, historical methods, case studies, research for critical theory, existential, hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches. Also covered are a number of the major research methods including various types of interviews, types of observations, focus groups, archival and documentary sources, visual records, and journaling.
Key indicative readings
- Bernard, W. T. (2000). ‘Participatory research as emancipatory method: challenges and opportunities’, in D. Burton (ed.). Research training for social scientists. London: Sage, pp. 167-185.
- Bristol-Rhys, J. (2009). Emirati historical narratives. History and Anthropology, vol. 20 (2), pp. 107-121. (for narrative and documentary interpretation)
- Lincoln, Y. & Guba, E. (2002). ‘Judging the quality of case study reports’, in A.M. Huberman and M. B. Miles (eds). The qualitative researcher’s companion. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp. 205-215.
- Marcus, J. (2001). ‘Orientalism’, in P. A. Atkinson, A. J. Coffey, S. Delamont, J. Lofland, & L. H. Lofland (eds). Handbook of ethnography. Los Angeles: Sage, pp. 109-117.
- Pollner, M. & Emerson, R. (2001). ‘Ethnomethodology and ethnography’, in P. A. Atkinson, A. J. Coffey, S. Delamont, J. Lofland, & L. H. Lofland (eds). Handbook of ethnography. Los Angeles, CA: Sage, pp. 118-135.
- Alvesson, M. and Skoldberg, K. (2009). Reflexive methodology: new vistas for qualitative research methods. 2nd edn. London: Sage.
- Alvesson, M. (2011). Interpreting interviews. London: Sage.
- Alvesson, M. (2012). Making sense of management. 2nd edn. London: Sage.
- Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 3rd edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Creswell, J. W. (2019). Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. 6th edn. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
- Crossley, M. and Watson, K. (2003). Comparative and international research in education: globalisation, context and difference. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
- Denzin, N. K. and Lincoln, Y. S. (2013). The landscape of qualitative research. 4th edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Ely, M., Vinz, R. and Downing, M. (1997). On writing qualitative research: living by words. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
- Flick, U. (2018). Introduction to qualitative research. 6th edn. London: Sage
- Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010). Research methods for managers. 4th edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Glesne, C. (2016). Becoming qualitative researchers: an introduction. 5th edn. London: Pearson.
- Gummesson, E. (2000). Qualitative methods in management research. 2nd edn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Hayden, M., Levy, J. and Thompson, J. (2015). The Sage handbook of research in international education. 2nd edn. London: Sage.
- Holliday, A. (2007). Doing and writing qualitative research. 2nd edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Hughes, C. (ed.). (2003). Disseminating qualitative research in educational settings: a critical introduction. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Kvale, S. (2014). Interviews: learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing. 3rd edn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Maxwell, J.A. (2013). Qualitative research design: an interactive approach. 3rd edn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- May, T. (ed.). (2002). Qualitative research in action. London: Sage.
- McCracken, G. D. (1988). The long interview. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
- Myers, M. D. (2013). Qualitative research in business and management. 2nd edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Patton, M. Q. (2008). Utilization-focused evaluation. 4th edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Ritchie, J. and Lewis, J. (eds). (2013). Qualitative research practice: a guide for social science students and researchers. 2nd edn. London: Sage.
- Rose, R. and Grosvenor, I. (2001). Doing research in special education: ideas into practice. London: David Fulton Publishers.
- Rossman, G. B. and Rallis, S. F. (2012). Learning in the field: an introduction to qualitative research. 3rd edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Schostak, J. F. (2002.) Understanding, designing and conducting qualitative research in education: framing the project. Buckingham: Open University Press.
- Schostak, J. (2006). Interviewing and representation in qualitative research. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Sheehy, K. (2005). Ethics and research in inclusive education: values into practice. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
- Silverman, D. (2013). Doing qualitative research. 4th edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Stake, R. E. (2003). Standards-based and responsive evaluation. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
- Thomas, M. R. (2003). Blending qualitative & quantitative research methods in theses and dissertations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
- Thorpe, R. and Holt, R. (2007). The Sage dictionary of qualitative management research [online]. London: Sage.
- Travers, M. (2001). Qualitative research through case studies. London: Sage.
- Walford, G. (2001). Doing qualitative educational research: a personal guide to the research process. London: Continuum.
- Wengraf, T. (2001). Qualitative research interviewing: biographic narrative and semi-structured methods. London: Sage.
- Willmott, Hugh. (2011). Understanding identity and organizations [online]. London: Sage.
- Wolcott, H. F. (2009). Writing up qualitative research. 3rd edn. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.