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Newman, Isadore; Hitchcock, John H.; Nastasi, Bonnie K. – Research in the Schools, 2017
Any attempt to influence behavior by sharing a research finding that makes a probabilistic statement (e.g., a p value) should necessarily entail consideration of how consumers of the information might interpret this information. Such consideration can be informed, at least in part, by applying phenomenological principles of inquiry. This does not…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Phenomenology, Stakeholders, Mixed Methods Research
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Martens, Heather; Bramlett, Ronald K.; Korrow, Kate – Research in the Schools, 2017
In this article, we describe how a consultation team explored their school district and their perceptions as well as what they did to initiate systems-change. This 2-year qualitative research study involved the use of a participant-observer approach to collect data via observations, interviews, and historical analysis. The consultation teams'…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Qualitative Research, Participant Observation
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Wheat, Celeste A.; Hill, Lilian H. – Research in the Schools, 2016
To understand the complex factors that influence women's experiences in senior administrative roles in higher education, the purpose of this study was to give voice to how they made meaning of their leadership experiences. We employed a qualitative design in which a criterion-based sample of 14 women senior administrators (i.e., dean, vice…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Females, College Administration, College Presidents
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Polly, Drew – Research in the Schools, 2016
Researchers have linked teachers' use of mathematical tasks and questions to students' achievement in mathematics, and also have documented that the types of tasks and questions posed might change throughout the year in grades that include high-stakes tests of student achievement. This qualitative research study explored 3 elementary school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement
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Hitchcock, John H.; Johanson, George A. – Research in the Schools, 2015
Understanding the reason(s) for Differential Item Functioning (DIF) in the context of measurement is difficult. Although identifying potential DIF items is typically a statistical endeavor, understanding the reasons for DIF (and item repair or replacement) might require investigations that can be informed by qualitative work. Such work is…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Test Items, Item Analysis, Measurement
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Ramlo, Susan – Research in the Schools, 2015
Q methodology (Q) has offered researchers a unique scientific measure of subjectivity since William Stephenson's first article in 1935. Q's focus on subjectivity includes self-referential meaning and interpretation. Q is most often identified with its technique (Q-sort) and its method (factor analysis to group people); yet, it consists of a…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Mixed Methods Research, Q Methodology, Factor Analysis
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Wines, Lisa A. – Research in the Schools, 2013
This autophenomenography describes multicultural leadership in school counseling from the perspective of a female African American school counselor; who served as a lead counselor, researcher, and participant of a research study, while employed in a predominantly White-culture school district. The theoretical framework grounding this study was…
Descriptors: School Counselors, School Counseling, Phenomenology, African Americans
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Ballard, Iva B.; Chappell, Manya; Johnson, Susan; Ngassam, Marlise DePaul – Research in the Schools, 2013
In this study, we explore middle-class parental involvement in summer activities of four elementary students. Many researchers discuss summer programs initiated by institutions, but fail to explain how parents' availability, experiences, and related criteria affect student summer activities. From our interviews, observations, and artifacts, we…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Parent Participation, Summer Programs, Elementary School Students
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Steeg, Susanna M.; Costley, Kristin; Engelman, Karin; Gonzalez, Denise; Knutson, Victoria; Maroni, Kathy – Research in the Schools, 2013
Educational contexts that support the complexity of in-service teacher learning around the purposeful use of technology are scarce. This qualitative case study describes a Literacy Enrichment Camp offered for traditionally marginalized elementary-aged children. Within camp, 5 teachers and 1 instructor prioritized their own and students'…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Inquiry
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Heyvaert, Mieke; Maes, Bea; Onghena, Patrick – Research in the Schools, 2011
Historically, qualitative and quantitative approaches have been applied relatively separately in synthesizing qualitative and quantitative evidence, respectively, in several research domains. However, mixed methods approaches are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, and practices of combining qualitative and quantitative research components at…
Descriptors: Evidence, Literature Reviews, Educational Research, Research Methodology
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Johnson, R. B.; McGowan, M. W.; Turner, L. A. – Research in the Schools, 2010
We address 2 key points of contention in this article. First, we engage the debate concerning whether particular methods are necessarily linked to particular research paradigms. Second, we briefly describe a mixed methods version of grounded theory (MM-GT). Grounded theory can be tailored to work well in any of the 3 major forms of mixed methods…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Methods Research, Epistemology, Qualitative Research
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Leech, Nancy L.; Goodwin, Laura D. – Research in the Schools, 2008
Due to the continued growth of qualitative research methodology, the demand for large-scale quasi-experimental studies, and a renewed interest in mixed methodologies, there is concern regarding methods courses taught in schools or colleges of education in the United States. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of current methods…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Doctoral Programs, Methods Courses, Research Methodology
Richards, Janet C.; Gipe, Joan P. – Research in the Schools, 1994
This qualitative inquiry examined the value of collecting and analyzing preservice teachers' pre- and postsemester metaphors about teaching by comparing the orientational content of the metaphors to preservice teachers' expressed beliefs and practices. Results show the usefulness of metaphors as a source of information about teachers' professional…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Identification, Metaphors, Preservice Teachers
Richards, Janet C.; Gipe, Joan P.; Moore, Ramona C. – Research in the Schools, 1995
A qualitative inquiry describes the sociocultural aspects of an urban elementary school serving as the context for a reading/language arts early field experience and examines how the sociocultural factors of this school contribute to the professional development of the preservice teachers who work there and their three supervising teachers. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education
Hassenpflug, Ann – Research in the Schools, 1996
This qualitative study based on interviews with 12 recently hired female assistant principals suggests that women being hired into entry-level administrative positions are primarily interested in their own careers, rather than in promoting change. Most were admitted to administration as a reward for loyalty to the current administration and the…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Assistant Principals, Educational Administration, Educational Change