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Research Journey: Introduction to Inquiry

by Sharon F Rallis and Gretchen B Rossman Guilford Publications
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Designed to foster ''inquiry-mindedness,'' this book prepares graduate students to develop a conceptual framework and conduct inquiry projects that are linked to ongoing conversations in a field. The authors examine different ways of knowing and show how to identify a research question; build arguments and support them with evidence; make informed design decisions; engage in reflective, ethical practices; and produce a written proposal or report. Each chapter opens with a set of critical questions, followed by a dialogue among five fictional graduate students exploring questions and concerns about their own inquiry projects; these issues are revisited throughout the chapter. Other useful features include end-of-chapter learning activities for individual or group use.

Useful pedagogical features include:
*Framing questions for exploration and reflection.
*Chapter-opening dialogues that bring in perspectives from multiple disciplines.
*Example boxes with detailed cases and questions for the reader.
*End-of-chapter activities and experiential exercises that guide readers to develop their own inquiry projects.
*Suggestions for further reading.

> Guides students (and professionals writing grants) to produce well-thought-through, conceptually sound research proposals.
> Elegantly and entertainingly written by the internationally successful authors of Learning in the Field and other titles.
> Helps readers develop the inquiry mindset essential to a research career, unlike more prescriptive methods books that focus narrowly on the ''how-tos.''
> Critical questions, dialogues, examples, activities, and further reading suggestions enhance the text's utility.

Graduate students and instructors in education, social work, psychology, and human development and family studies; applied researchers who want to improve their proposals.

Will serve as a core or supplemental text in master's- and doctoral-level introduction to research or inquiry courses, and in the capstone course in degree programs.

1. Inquiry as Learning: Beginning the Journey
What Is Inquiry?
The Learner as Knowledge Generator
Drawing on Values and Passion
Your Journey into Systematic Inquiry
For Further Reading
2. Ways of Knowing: Finding a Compass
Ways of Knowing
Fundamental Assumptions
Mapping Perspectives
Back to Ontology and Epistemology
For Further Reading
3. The Cycle of Inquiry: More Than One Way to Get There
Inquiry in Action/Inquiry as Practice
The Systematic Inquiry Cycle
Validity, Credibility, and Trustworthiness
For Further Reading
4. Being an Ethical Inquirer: Staying Alert on the Road
Ethics in Inquiry
The Inquirer as a Moral Practitioner
Standards for Practice and Procedural Matters
Ethics, Trustworthiness, and Rigor
Ethical Theories
Ethics and Reflexivity
For Further Reading
5. Constructing Conceptual Frameworks: Building the Route
What Is a Conceptual Framework?
Building an Argument
Entering the Conversation: Your Community of Practice
Entering the Conversation: Your Engagement
Entering the Conversation: The Communities of Discourse
Ways of Organizing
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
6. Designing the Inquiry Project: Finding “True North”
Moving from the Conceptual Framework into Design
Considering Various Designs
Samira’s Research Questions and Possible Designs
A Short Course on Research Methods
Planning for Analysis and Interpretation
The Research Proposal: Bringing it All Together
An Example of Connecting the What and the How
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
7. Things to Consider in Writing: Staying in the Right Lane
Writing Introductions
The Nasty Problem of Plagiarism
Using Proper Citation Format
For Further Reading
8. Knowledge Use: Arriving at Your Destination
Using What You have Learned
Who Cares?: Potential Audiences
Communicating for Use
Passions and Closing the Loop
For Further Reading

Sharon F. Rallis is the Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is also Director of the Center for Education Policy. Past president of the American Evaluation Association, she has coauthored 10 books, including several on leadership.

Gretchen B. Rossman is Chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has coauthored nine books, including the major qualitative research texts Learning in the Field (with Sharon F. Rallis) and Designing Qualitative Research (with Catherine Marshall).