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Qualitative Longitudinal Methods

Qualitative Longitudinal Methods
Researching Implementation and Change

December 2018 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Mary Lynne Derrington’s Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Researching Implementation and Change addresses the use of the qualitative longitudinal methods, their unique methodological features, and the challenges and benefits to this approach. This short supplemental text uses examples of published studies, and the author’s own stories and examples, to show application of the concepts. A chapter on how to prepare a manuscript for publication concentrates on the distinctive aspects of publishing longitudinal studies. The book will be useful to those researching change and its impact on organizations and individuals resulting from the implementation of programs and policies.
Why I Wrote This Book

Organization of the Book

Reviewers to Acknowledge
About the Author
Chapter 1. The Benefits and Challenges of Longitudinal Qualitative Studies
Describing Longitudinal Research

Qualitative Basics: A Review

The Value of Qualitative Longitudinal Studies

The Challenges of Qualitative Longitudinal Studies

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 2. Designing Qualitative Longitudinal Studies
Design Basics in Qualitative Research

Expansion of the Basic Design

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 3. Building on Qualitative Research With a Longitudinal Design
Historical Studies

Trend Studies



Grounded Theory

Case Studies

Combined Methodologies and Methods

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 4. Perspectives on the Two-Way Research Relationship
Balancing Personal and Professional Relationships With Participants

Giving Back to Participants

Ethical Considerations and Dilemmas

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 5. Management of Longitudinal Data Throughout a Study
Keeping Coding Timely and Ongoing

Effective Organization

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 6. Longitudinal Data Analysis
Approaches to Data Analysis

Visual Representations

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 7. Preparing a Longitudinal Study for Publication
Digging Deeply for Meaning

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Chapter 8. Conclusion: Legacies, Lessons, and Change
Leaving a Legacy

Learning From a Diary of Lessons

Checklist of Lessons

Chapter Summary

Reflection Questions and Application Activities

Appendix: Picturing Policy Implementation: An Ethnography of a Local Network, A Case Study by Pam Carter

“Dr. Derrington covers an area that's often hard to cover, and she does it succinctly and clearly and rigorously. That's what we need in qualitative research endeavors. Instead of spending time apologizing that our methods are not quantitative, spend more time explaining what is we do as qualitative researchers. Derrington communicates it well!”

Tim Atkinson
University of Central Arkansas

“The material presented in the book provides information to qualitative researchers interested in conducting longitudinal studies. The information helps researchers build on their qualitative research skills.”

Lydia Kyei-Blankson
Illinois State University

“This book explores the intricacies of longitudinal qualitative research. It shares many of the pragmatic concerns centered in this research method. The author provides numerous examples to make this text come alive and provide models for researchers.”

Diane Barone
University of Nevada, Reno

“Mary Lynne Derrington provides clarity of purpose and intent about longitudinal research methods and approaches in a way that supports examining change over time. This is a book that I will use and recommend to others.”

Sally J. Zepeda
University of Georgia

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4: Perspectives on the Two-Way Research Relationship

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