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.

Qualitative Research as Learning


To illustrate the complex and often challenging process of learning about qualitative research and learning through qualitative research, we introduce Marla, Ruth, and Anthony, three students in an introductory qualitative research course who learn as they study and participate in the qualitative research process. They illustrate different perspectives and starting points, but each student experiences the tensions and satisfactions of framing questions, listening, watching, reading, and writing.

Doing Qualitative Research: Tales of Three Characters

Marla is an experienced health care professional who, early in her career, helped build a clinic in a Central American village. She sees herself as an activist and hopes to improve the U.S. health care system for poor women, so she has enrolled at the university to ...

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