Core 3. Logics of Inquiry

(3 credits; 30 hours plus conferences; 15-20 students per offering)


Proposed Course Outline  [see NOTES]

1. The Uses of Research in Education

2. Introductions to Useful Research Methods and Techniques

3. Philosophical Approaches to Method, Methodology, and Meaning

4. Issues and Debates in Qualitative-Interpretive Research Methodology

5. Critical Perspectives on Research Methodology

6. Sample Research Debates in the Published Literature

7. Ethics and Politics of Research

8. Writing and Presenting Research Reports


1. Although listed here sequentially, the discussions of various research techniques and of different theoretical groundings for research methodology will be discussed in parallel.

2. Not all topics, approaches, or methods will be covered in equal depth. For some topics, the entire class will read and discuss (both in class and on an e-mail listgroup) the General Readings, but because of the large range of topics in this course, those not included in the General Readings will be assigned to individual students and/or small groups to lead discussions in the more specialized areas.

3. Concurrently, students will be taking Core 4 (Pedagogy in the Urban Classroom), in which they will have field-site placements where they will generate small data archives relevant to particular research concerns and make reasoned choices of theoretical approaches and analytic techniques for specific research purposes.

4. The accompanying Course Bibliography represents a broad sampling of the kinds of works students will be encouraged to read. Specific Course Readings each year will keep current with the most recent work in the field and also be directed (e.g., the exemplary studies and sample research debates) to the special interests of each cohort of students.


Preliminary Bibliography


Agar, M.H. Speaking of Ethnography. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1986.

Ball, M.S. and G.W.H. Smith. Analyzing Visual Data. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1992.

Creswell, J. Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. London: Sage, 1994.

Delgado-Gaitan, C. "Researching change and changing the researcher," Harvard Educational Review, 63, 1993, 389-411.

Denzin, N.K. and Y.S. Lincoln. Handbook of Qualitative Research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1994.

Eisner, E.W. and A. Peshkin. Qualitative Inquiry in Education: the Continuing Debate. NY: Teachers College Press, 1990.

Eisner, E.W. The Enlightened Eye: Qualitative Inquiry and the Enhancement of Educational Practice. New York: Macmillan, 1991.

Eisner, E.W. "Forms of understanding and the future of educational research," Educational Researcher, 22 :7, 1993, 5-11.

Emerson, R., R. Fretz, and L. Shaw. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Erickson, F. and J. Shultz. "The viewing session as a source of ethnic data," in The Counselor as Gatekeeper. New York: Academic Press, 1982.

Feldman, M. Strategies For Interpreting Qualitative Data. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995.

Fetterman, D.M. Ethnography: Step by Step. Newbury Park: Sage Publications, 1989.

Fiske, D.W. and R.A. Schweder. Metatheory in Social Science: Pluralisms and Subjectivities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Goodwin, C.J. Research in Psychology: Methods and Design. New York: Wiley, 1995.

Glaser, B.J. and A. Strauss. The Discovery of Grounded Theory. Chicago: Aldine, 1967.

Glesne, C. and A. Peshkin. Becoming Qualitative Researchers. White Plains, NY: Longman, 1992.

Guba, E.G., ed. The Paradigm Dialogue. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1990.

Gubrium, J.F. and J.A. Holstein. The New Language of Qualitative Method. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Hammersley, M. What's Wrong with Ethnography?: Methodological Explorations. London & New York: Routledge, 1992.

Hammersley, M., ed. Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice. London: Sage, 1993.

Hargreaves, A. "Past, imperfect, tense: Reflections on an ethnographic and historical study of middle schools," in Geoffrey Walford, ed., Doing Sociology of Education. London: Falmer Press, 1987, 17-44.

Heshusius, L. and K. Ballard, eds. From Positivism to Interpretivism and Beyond. New York: Teachers College Press, 1996.

Miles, M.B. and A.M. Huberman. Qualitative Data Analysis: an Expanded Sourcebook, 2d ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1994.

Hustler, D., A. Cassidy, and E.C. Cuff, eds. Action Research in Classrooms and Schools. Boston: Allen & Unwin, 1986.

Jayaratne, T. "Quantitative methodology and feminist research," in M. Hammersley, ed., Social research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice. London: Sage, 1993, 109-123.

Lather, P. Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy Within the Postmodern. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Lincoln, Y.S. and E.G. Guba. Naturalistic Inquiry. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1985.

Manning, P.K. Semiotics and Fieldwork. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1987.

Maykut, P. and R. Morehouse. Beginning Qualitative Research: a Philosophic and Practical Guide. London: Falmer Press, 1994.

Mischler, E.G. Research Interviewing: Context and Narrative. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986.

Nau, D. "Mixing Methodologies: Can Bimodal Research be a Viable Post-Positivist Tool?," The Qualitative Report, 2:3, December, 1995. [].

Patton, M. How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation. London: Sage, 1987.

Potter, W.J. An Analysis of Thinking and Research about Qualitative Methods. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1996.

Psathas, G. Conversation Analysis: The Study of Talk-in-Interaction. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995.

Reason, P. and J. Rowan. Human Inquiry: a Sourcebook of New Paradigm Research. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 1981.

Riessman, C. Narrative Analysis. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1993.

Scheff, T. J. Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion, and Social Structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Schratz, M. and R. Walker. Research as Social Change. London: Routledge, 1995.

Silverman, D. Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text, and Interaction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1993.

Smith, J.A., R. Harre, and L. Van Langenhove. Rethinking Methods in Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995.

Spradley, J. Participant Observation . New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College, 1980.

Strauss, A. and J. Corbin. Basics of Qualitative Research. London: Sage, 1993.

Van Maanen, J. Tales of the Field. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Wolcott, H.F. The Art of Fieldwork. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 1995.



Bateson, G. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. New York: Ballantine, 1972.

Bateson, G. Mind and Nature: a Necessary Unity. New York: Bantam Books, 1979.

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Freire, Paolo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Seabury Press, 1973.

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Ricoeur, P. "What is a text? explanation and understanding," in J.B. Thompson, ed., Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981, 145-164.

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Atkinson, J. M. and J. Heritage, eds. Structures of Social Action: Studies in Conversation Analysis. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

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Eckert, P. Jocks and Burnouts: Social Categories and Identity in the High School. New York: Teachers College Press, 1989.

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Goodwin, M. H. "Tactical uses of stories: Participation frameworks within boys' and girls' disputes," in D. Tannen, ed., Gender and Conversational Interaction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 165-188.

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Lemke, J.L. Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1990.

McLaren, Peter. Schooling as a Ritual Performance. Boston: Routledge, 1985.

Ogbu, John. "Learning in Burgherside: The ethnography of education," in G. Foster, and V. Kemper, eds., Anthropologists in the City. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1974, 93-121.

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