Qualitative Research Methods: An essay review

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Miller, Steven I. & Fredericks, Marcel (1994) Qualitative Research Methods: Social Epistemology and Practical Inquiry. New York: Peter Lang. 159 pages.

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McLean, L., Myers, M., Smillie, C., & Vaillancourt, D. (1997). Qualitative Research Methods: An essay review. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 5, 13. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v5n13.1997
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Les McLean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Les McLean is a Professor (Emeritus, as of July 1, 1996), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1964, specializing in statistics and research methods. After teaching at Columbia University Teacher's College, Dr. McLean joined the OISE faculty in 1966, teaching courses in measurement, statistics, quantitative and qualitative research methods and program evaluation. He continues to teach on a contract basis, year-to-year. Research and development projects have included a national study of the evaluation of student achievement for the Canadian Education Association, several province-wide surveys of student achievement, direction of Ontario's participation in the Second International Mathematics Study and research into mathematics/language relationships in curriculum and pedagogy. Les, Doris Ryan and Barbara Burnaby directed an evaluation of four projects in the Canada/China Human Resources Development programme for the Canadian International Development Agency. Publications include, The Craft of Student Evaluation in Canada (Toronto:CEA, 1985), Learning About Teaching from Comparative Studies (Toronto:Min. of Educ., 1987, with Richard Wolfe and Merlin Wahlstrom), and "The U.S. national assessments in reading: reading too much into the findings" (Phi Delta Kappan, 69, 5, 1988, 369-372, with Harvey Goldstein). "Time to replace the classroom test with authentic measurement" (Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 36(1), 1990, 78-84), "Student evaluation in the ungraded primary school: The SCRP principle" (Proceedings of the Second Canadian Conference on Classroom Testing, D. Bateson, Ed., UBC, 1992) and "Pedagogical relevance in large-scale assessment" (Advances in Program Evaluation, R. Stake, Ed., 1991).

Margaret Myers, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Trained as Registered Nurse at St. Martha's School of Nursing, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Western Ontario; Masters of Arts in Education from St. Francis Xavier, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; Have practiced in a variety of settings, including Nursing Education and Nursing Management. Speciality area is Program Developement and Implementation. Chairperson of the Diabetes Nursing Interest Group with the Registered nurses Association of Ontario. Am currently writing a textbook on diabetes education for health care professionals. Enrolled in Doctoral program in Curriculum at OISE at the University of Toronto. Married and living in London (Ont.)

Carol Smillie, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Trained as Registered Nurse at St. Martha's School of Nursing, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Western Ontario; Masters of Arts in Education from St. Francis Xavier, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; Have practiced in a variety of settings, including Nursing Education and Nursing Management. Speciality area is Program Developement and Implementation. Chairperson of the Diabetes Nursing Interest Group with the Registered nurses Association of Ontario. Am currently writing a textbook on diabetes education for health care professionals. Enrolled in Doctoral program in Curriculum at OISE at the University of Toronto. Married and living in London (Ont.)

Dale Vaillancourt, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Dale's main interest is in using research to enhance online teaching and learning experiences, especially for women entrepreneurs. She is using her 25 years in the telecommunications industry and a full-time academic studies program in computer applications to help her meet this goal. For further details, see: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/~dvaillancourt/resume.htm