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Preface vii The Author xv PART ONE: THE DESIGN OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 1 1 What is Qualitative Research? 3 2 Types of Qualitative Research 21 3 Qualitative Case Study Research 39 4 Designing Your Study and Selecting a Sample 55 PART TWO: COLLECTING QUALITATIVE DATA 85 5 Conducting Effective Interviews 87 6 Being a Careful Observer 117 7 Mining Data from Documents 139 PART THREE: ANALYZING AND REPORTING QUALITATIVE DATA 165 8 Qualitative Data Analysis 169 9 Dealing with Validity, Reliability, and Ethics 209 10 Writing Qualitative Research Reports 237 Appendix: The Methodology Section of a Qualitative Research Study 265 References 271 Name Index 287 Subject Index 293

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Sharan B. Merriam is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Learning in Adulthood, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, and Third Update on Adult Learning Theory ( New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education ).

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