The fourth edition of this reader-friendly book offers an accessible introduction to conducting qualitative research in education. The text begins with an introduction to the history, context, and traditions of qualitative research, and then walks readers step-by-step through the research process. Lichtman outlines research planning and design, as well as the methodologies, techniques, and strategies to help researchers make the best use of their qualitative investigation. Throughout, chapters touch on important issues that impact this research process such as ethics and subjectivity and making use of technology.

The fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated featuring new examples, an increased focus on virtual and digital data collection, and the latest approaches to qualitative research.

Written in a practical, conversational style and full of real-world scenarios drawn from across education, this book is a practical compendium on qualitative research in education ideal for graduate and advanced undergraduate research methods courses and early career researchers alike.

chapter |10 pages


part I|112 pages

Traditions, Theory, and Practice

chapter 12Chapter 1|26 pages

Overview of the Field

chapter Chapter 2|25 pages

Learning How to Be a Qualitative Researcher

chapter Chapter 3|28 pages

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Reflexivity and Subjectivity

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Philosophy, Theory, Theories, and Frameworks

part II|120 pages

Planning Your Research

chapter 124Chapter 6|16 pages

Identifying Research Areas, Topics, and Main Question

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Role and Function of a Review of Research

chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Using Social Media, Technology, and the Internet

chapter Chapter 9|38 pages

Designing Your Research: Part 1

chapter Chapter 10|30 pages

Designing Your Research: Part 2

part III|112 pages

Collecting, Organizing, and Communicating

chapter 244Chapter 11|23 pages

Judging and Evaluating

chapter Chapter 13|24 pages

Making Meaning from Your Data

chapter Chapter 14|23 pages

Communicating and Connecting

chapter Chapter 15|9 pages

Thinking about the Future