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Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research

Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research

Second Edition
Edited by:

November 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition of Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research brings together some of today’s leading qualitative researchers to discuss the frameworks behind their published qualitative studies. They share how they found and chose a theoretical framework, from what discipline the framework was drawn, what the framework posits, and how it influenced their study. Both novice and experienced qualitative researchers are able to learn first-hand from various contributors as they reflect on the process and decisions involved in completing their study. The book also provides background for beginning researchers about the nature of theoretical frameworks and their importance in qualitative research; about differences in perspective about the role of theoretical frameworks; and about how to find and use a theoretical framework.

Vincent A. Anfara, Jr. and Norma T. Mertz
1. Setting the Stage
Joyce L. Henstrand
2. Seeking Understanding of School Culture: Using Theory as a Framework for Observation and Analysys
Frances C. Fowler
3. Struggling With Theory: A Beginning Scholar's Experience with Mazzoni's Area Models
Lori Patton Davis, Nadrea Njoku and Juhanna Rogers
4. Black Feminist Thought and Examining the Experiences of Black Graduate Women in the Academy
Sharan B. Merriam
5. Transformational Learning and HIV-Positive Young Adults
Michael R. Mills and Pamela J. Bettis
6. Using Multiple Theoretical Frameworks to Study Organizational Change and Identity
Terrell L. Strayhorn
7. Using "Othermothering" to Study Administrative Worklife at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Edward L. Harris
8. Mary Douglas's Typology of Grid and Group
Carol A. Mutch
9. Adapting Bourdieu's Field Theory to Explain Decision-Making Process in Educational Policy
Kerri S. Kearney and Adrienne E. Hyle
10. A Look Through the Kubler-Ross Theoretical Lens
R. Darrell Peterson
11. Examining the Intersection of Race, Gender and Environment Using Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Systems Theory of Human Development
12. Lagniappe: Theoretical Frameworks in Brief
Norma T. Mertz and Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
13. Closing the Loop

Looking for more student-friendly textbook

Dr Joseph Vella
Dept of Media and Communication, University of Malta
May 29, 2024

Committee decision because of the depth of the qualitative information.

Dr Kevin Bottomley
College of Business, Indiana Inst Of Technology
July 23, 2021

Not the right fit for analysis course

Dr Peter Sayer
Bicultural Bilingual Stds Div, University Of Texas
May 29, 2015

useful for all types of health care professions

Ms Sheila Stott
Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
March 18, 2015
Key features



  • Abstracts added to the beginning of each contributed chapter highlight what can be learned about the chapter’s theoretical frameworks.
  • The contributing author’s published study is now displayed prominently after the abstract for easy access.
  • A broader range of theoretical frameworks is presented and examined through three entirely new chapters, and a chapter that combines two chapters from the first edition, showing how to use multiple frameworks.
  • New brief pieces in Chapter 12 by doctoral students show how they arrived at the frameworks used in their dissertations.
  • Enhanced discussions cover the lessons to be learned from the contributing authors and further explain how to find a theoretical framework.



  • A comprehensive examination of the role and influence of theoretical frameworks in qualitative research helps readers plan for their own qualitative research studies.
  • A wide variety of distinctive, sometimes unusual, theoretical frameworks drawn from a number of disciplines are included.
  • In-depth reflections on the use of a range of frameworks employed in accessible published studies help readers learn to use and understand theory.
  • Real-world examples are detailed and explained by some of today's leading qualitative researchers.
  • Expert and insightful guidance helps readers find a theoretical framework appropriate to their own study and also helps readers understand how to integrate the complexities of their frameworks into solid research designs.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

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