The following is a review of the book Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Practicing the Zen of Research by Valerie J. Janesick and published in 2015. This review aims to highlight the book’s unique features, primarily focusing on the ways in which Janesick appropriately weaves essential aspects of qualitative research and Zen alongside one another. Janesick offers readers, novice or experienced researchers, a unique way of understanding and approaching the practice of qualitative inquiry. The review highlights features of each chapter and concludes with how instructors of qualitative research methods may benefit from Janesick’s many suggestions for pedagogy and practice.


Qualitative Research, Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Practice

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Kate H. Guthrie (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2837-5950) earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on qualitative inquiry and the social and emotional needs of gifted adolescent females, of which her dissertation earned her the Owen Scott Emerging Scholar Award. She currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Research at Piedmont College where she teaches qualitative research methods courses. She is an experienced high school math teacher and has worked with diverse populations of adolescents in an array of environments. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Kate H. Guthrie, 525 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30602. Email: kguthrie@piedmont.edu

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