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The Research Journey
Introduction to Inquiry

Sharon F. Rallis and Gretchen B. Rossman
Foreword by Thomas A. Schwandt

190 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"
Paperback
March 2012
ISBN 978-1-4625-0512-8
Cat. #0512
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March 2012
ISBN 978-1-4625-0514-2
Cat. #0514
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April 2012
ISBN 978-1-4625-0685-9
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“This book can easily fit into a research course. It is easy to understand, and the learning activities are excellent for stimulating discussion and assessing understanding. 5 stars.”

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“Wow! I was impressed by the quality of the content, the readability and flow, and the apt use of the journey metaphor. This book will serve as a key resource for education and other social science graduate students conducting research projects or for professionals writing research grant proposals for funding. Through dialogue, example, activity, and exploration, the authors illustrate that research can be engaging and fun. Each chapter has one or more reflective activities that guide readers to apply the principles presented, work collaboratively in learning groups, develop a conceptual framework for a project, and learn to generate knowledge through systematic inquiry. The activities help students navigate the entire inquiry process, from problem selection to written report. I will recommend this book to my doctoral students at the dissertation stage. The chapter on conceptual frameworks is priceless.”

—Eleni Coukos Elder, EdD, Department of Educational Administration, Tennessee State University


“This book offers a practical overview of basic skills required for the budding researcher in the social sciences. A major theme is promoting the development of an open, inquisitive, reflective stance that enables the researcher to take in new information and generate knowledge. Each chapter offers succinct information and examples and poses questions suitable for seminar discussion. In the research design chapter, weaving a fictional student's thinking about her project into the discussion to illustrate key points is quite effective. This book promises to be a useful supplement for research design and methods courses.”

—Arlene Bowers Andrews, PhD, Carolina Distinguished Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina


“The best among a new generation of texts that helps the student learn to think like a scholar and researcher. In a single, readable volume, Rallis and Rossman distill key ideas and conceptual frameworks that currently require several textbooks and readings in my classes. They do so without getting entangled in arcane or overly technical arguments. The vignettes, examples, and exercises will help advanced graduate students and junior researchers to apply the concepts across the social and behavioral sciences, in both applied and pure fields of inquiry.”

—David N. Boote, PhD, School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, and Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida


“The book does an excellent job—especially through the exercises—of unblocking the thinking and writing of terrified graduate students.”

—Sande Milton, College of Education, Florida State University
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