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Introduction: Make Yourself Comfortable1. Qualitative Research: How Things Work2. Interpretation: The Person as Instrument3. Experiential Understanding: Most Qualitative Study Is Experiential 4. Stating the Problem: Questioning How This Thing Works5. Methods: Gathering Data6. Review of Literature: Zooming to See the Problem7. Evidence: Bolstering Judgment and Reconnoitering8. Analysis and Synthesis: How Things Work9. Action Research and Self-Evaluation: Finding on Your Own How Your Place Works10: Storytelling: Illustrating How Things Work11. Writing the Final Report: An Iterative Convergence12. Advocacy and Ethics: Making Things Work Better

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Robert E. Stake, Department of Educational Psychology (Emeritus), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA


"This remarkable book tells us clearly how qualitative research works. It distills the author's lifetime of experience in qualitative inquiry, addressing the aims and conduct of such research in ways that are cogent and wise. Expert and novice researchers alike will find much to learn here. The author's direct, modest voice almost belies the sophistication of his discussion of key issues of theory and method in qualitative inquiry. A special feature is the inclusion of lengthy examples from actual studies, which show fundamental processes of decision in the collection, analysis, reporting and interpreting of evidence." - Frederick Erickson, George F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, USA "This is a very readable book. Stake doesn't tell students what to do, but helps them think about their work in ways that will improve their research questions, data collection, and analysis. The emphasis on thinking about research is missing from many qualitative textbooks, and is the reason why this one will be mandatory reading for my advisees who plan to use qualitative methods in their dissertations. An important contribution." - Janet Usinger, Department of Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno, USA "For those who have never had the privilege of taking a class with Stake, this book is the next best thing. It is truly written in his voice, with his timing, pacing, clarity, directness, and humor. Each chapter is a small adventure, shaped by decades of practice, filled with authentic examples, and replete with fertile resources from a reading life never limited to program evaluation or pure scholarly work. Rather, Stake's examples tie in the history of science, philosophy, great literature, and other markers of renaissance men and women everywhere. This is his best, most fascinating and engaging work thus far." - Yvonna Lincoln, Distinguished Professor and Ruth Harrington Endowed Chair Of Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University, USA "Stake invites readers in, sits down with us, and shares what he has learned about qualitative research from years of first-hand experience. His discussion, supported with helpful examples, cases, and concept maps, is theoretically grounded but at the same time user friendly. Taking readers on a masterful and engaging journey from understanding what qualitative research is all about, to designing a study, to writing the final report, this book has something for both new and experienced qualitative researchers and practitioners across the social sciences." - Sharan B. Merriam, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy (Emeritus), University of Georgia, USA

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