Lichtman’s fourth edition of Qualitative Research in Education: A User’s Guide has become my qualitative research guide on the side. From the book cover to the way she organizes and writes the chapters, Lichtman invites readers to join her on a journey to learn how qualitative research can address some of education’s most pressing problems. Up-to-date, easy to read, and useful, this book has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf. In this review I provide a review organized by themes. I describe each theme, offer excepts from the text that represent the theme and explain its importance to me as a qualitative researcher and lifelong learner. While most examples in the textbook are related to education, Lichtman’s sage advice and style transcend disciplines.


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Marti Snyder is a professor in the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice and Director of Faculty Professional Development in the Learning and Educational Center at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Prior to her current appointment, she served on the faculty of the NSU’s College of Computing and Engineering. She has taught undergraduate, master’s and doctoral courses in face-to-face, blended, and fully online formats in the areas of instructional design and technology, online communities, learning theory, design thinking, knowledge management, information systems project management, and computing privacy and ethics. Through her teaching and research, Marti collaborates with people from various disciplines who are interested in using appropriate technology and effective design to improve learning in formal and informal environments. Please direct correspondence to smithmt@nova.edu

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