Designing and writing a qualitative dissertation methodology chapter can be done! Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. With a warm and supportive tone, he walks students through the process from the very start, from choosing chairs and developing qualitative support networks to outlining the qualitative chapter and delving into the writing. By the end of the book, students will have completed the most challenging chapter of a qualitative dissertation and laid a strong foundation for the rest of their dissertation work.

Identifying a Research Setting and Exploring Research Contexts
Chapter Objectives
  • Describe purposeful sampling strategies in qualitative inquiry and differences between sampling at the site and participant levels
  • Strategize about how to integrate the research setting section into the qualitative methodology chapter and articulate ways to justify the selection of site(s) in a study
  • Identify strategies to conceptualize a research setting section of the methodology chapter and discuss approaches to organize and structure writing a research setting section
Chapter Purpose

With this chapter, a transition from the introductory elements of a methodology chapter—and a more conceptual dimension of dissertation methodology—to the first procedural step that doctoral student researchers take in dissertation studies occurs. That is, this point marks a move from thinking conceptually about a plan to collect and analyze ...

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