The updated Fourth Edition of Rossman and Rallis’s popular introductory text leads the new researcher into the field by explaining the core concepts through theory, research, and applied examples. Woven into the chapters are three themes that are the heart of the book: first, research is about learning; second, research can and should be useful; and finally, a researcher should practice the highest ethical standards to ensure that a study is trustworthy. The Fourth Edition includes an elaborate discussion of systematic inquiry as well as a nuanced discussion of developing a conceptual framework.

Presenting the Learnings


Anthony, Marla, and Ruth are at the final step in the research process. They have collected and analyzed their data. They have made their interpretations. They have moved from field texts of notes and documents to research texts of codes, categories, and memos, and finally to interpretive texts. They are ready to present what they have learned. Whether for class, for the participants in their studies, or for other audiences, they have options for how to present their findings. They also have a variety of ways to organize the presentation of their material. How they choose to present and organize their findings depends on their purposes, the questions they posed, and to whom they are presenting. As Marla suggests, they ...

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