ETAP 777: Methods of Qualitative Research in Education (Fall, 2004)

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Note: Reading assignments for each week are listed by author's last name. L&P refers to LeCompte and Preissle, Ethnographic and Qualitative Design in Educational Research, 2nd edition; ERES refers to readings that are available through electronic reserve. Refer to the list of course readings for more information on accessing ERES and for full bibliographic information.

Week 1
August 31
Introduction to Course
Defining qualitative research
Week 2
September 7
The Qualitative Research Tradition
Epistemological Issues in Educational Research
Sign-up for critical review assignment
Readings: Chapter 1 in L&P; Denzin & Lincoln, "Entering the Field" (ERES); Carey, "Psychotherapy" (ERES); Fay, chapter 1 (handout).
Week 3
September 14

Defining a Research Question/Problem
Draft of IRB proposal due
Sign-up for group presentation
Readings: Chapters 2 and 3 in L&P.

Week 4
September 21

Exploring a Research Question Qualitatively
Revised IRB Proposal due
IRB Training Module completed

Readings: Fay, chapter 10 (ERES); Phillips, "Subjectivity & Objectivity" (ERES).

Week 5
September 28

Data Collection Strategies
First critical review roundtables
Readings: L&P, chapter 6, pp. 158-159, 195-233..

Week 6
October 5

Data Collection Strategies, continued
Readings: L&P, chapter 6, pp. 159-195; Dilley, "Conducting Successful Interviews" (ERES); Smith & Wilhelm, Reading Don't Fix No Chevys.

Week 7
October 12

The Researcher's Role
Readings: Dunbar, Alternative Schooling.

Week 8
October 19

Working With Qualitative Data
Second critical review roundtables
Readings: Chapter 7, in L&P; Yagelski, "CMC in the Writing Classroom" (ERES).

Week 9
October 26

Working With Qualitative Data, continued
Readings: Peshkin, Places of Memory.

Week 10
November 2

Working With Qualitative Data, continued
Preliminary literature review due
Third critical review roundtables
Readings: L&P, pp. 151-157.

Week 11
November 9

Working With Qualitative Data, continued
Readings: Finders, Just Girls.

Week 12
November 16

The Ethics of Qualitative Research
Fourth critical review roundtables
Readings: Chapter 4 in L&P; Dickson, "A Partial Telling" (ERES); Wolcott, "On Seeking--and Rejecting--Validity" (ERES).

Week 13
November 23

Further Issues in Qualitative Research
Readings: Taylor, Family Literacy; Horn, "New Federal Definition" (ERES).

Week 14
November 30

Work on final projects

Week 15
December 7

Drafts of final projects due

December 13

Final projects due