Qualitative Case Studies

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The purpose of this qualitative case study is to examine and describe the experiences of three White novice female teachers, as well as their beliefs about Black students and the achievement gap. Specifically, the study will recount and analyze their individual experiences with Black students, and the extent to which they perceive that a cultural disconnect exists, and how it impacts the opportunity gap. This chapter will describe how the research will be designed and conducted. First, it will describe and provide a rationale for the study’s research design. Then it will discuss the data that will be collected, and which procedures will be used to analyze the data. The research analysis is intended to increase the understanding about how…show more content…
The strength of qualitative research is its capacity to provide multifaceted textual descriptions of how people experience a particular research issue. Qualitative research provides information about the human side of an issue, such as the contradictory behaviors, beliefs, opinions, emotions, and relationships of individuals (Tripathy & Tripathy, 2015). According to Creswell (2013), qualitative research begins with assumptions, a worldview, the possible use of a theoretical lens, and the study of research problems inquiring into the meaning individuals or groups ascribe to a social or human problem. It also allows for the participants to discuss their experiences, feelings, and personal observations (Creswell,…show more content…
In case studies, asking the appropriate questions and relying on participants to discuss their experiences requires great patience (Creswell, 2013). According to Lodico, Spaulding, and Voegtle (2010), a semi-structured interview allows the researcher to change the order of questions, omit questions, or alter the wording of the questions if necessary. The researchers also refer to the written interview protocol as necessary to conduct a good semi-structured interview (Lodico et al., 2010). The style of questioning used for the interviews will be open-ended, and focused on understanding the beliefs, experiences, and cultural background of the participants in regards to their Black students (Creswell, 2013). The questions were developed to gain insight and build rapport with the interviewees in an attempt to gain their trust. Building trust with the participants will help to ensure that they feel comfortable enough to be open and honest with their responses to the questions being
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