Editors Anfara and Mertz travel a new road with their tidy little book, Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research. This tightly edited book begins by providing an up-close look at the process of taking a book from the germination of an idea to the delivery of the final product. As noted in the introduction, "To understand a theory is to travel into someone else’s mind." Most of the book clears the path toward that journey by presenting a sampler of chapters focusing on the use of theoretical frameworks in actual qualitative research studies. Finally, the editors bring the book full circle by summarizing the various roles theoretical frameworks played in the preceding chapters. This book provides a common basis for quantitative and qualitative researchers to continue the discussion about the role of theory in qualitative research.


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Candace Lacey is a Program Professor in the Fischler School of Education and Human Services (FSEHS) at Nova Southeastern University. She is a former fellow at the National Center for Education Statistics and current President of the Consortium of State and Regional Educational Associations SIG of the American Educational Research Association. She can be reached at FSEHS, Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167 St., North Miami Beach, FL 33162; Telephone: 954-262-8575; E-mail: lacey@nova.edu

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Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weekly, an offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Volume 2, Issue 17


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