This is a review of the book, Empowering Students as Self-Directed Learners of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Janet C. Richards and Wolff-Michael Roth (2019). Authors of the book include university faculty members and their students who share how they teach and learn to conduct qualitative research. Inclusion of international authors who describe how they use a variety of Arts Based Research methods and specific examples of steps in conducting and reporting qualitative research are some of the strengths of this book. In this review, I will focus on chapters that highlight the strengths of the book and its usefulness to the field of qualitative research.


qualitative research, arts-based research, self-directed learning, empowerment

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Dr. Rama Cousik is an Associate Professor in Special Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Rama received her Ph. D from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on inclusion, UDL strategies, autism, and collaboration. She also supervises graduate students on their Thesis and Research Projects. Rama is a qualitative researcher, and her publications showcase use of poetic inquiry and cultural interpretations of disability. Please direct correspondence to cousikr@pfw.edu.


I would like to thank BRILL for requesting me to review the book.

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