Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Practicing the Zen of Research

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Practicing the Zen of Research

by Valerie J Janesick

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Overview

Qualitative researchers incorporate the principles of holism, storytelling, ethics, body and mind links, relational focus, and creativity as key features of their practice. So do practitioners of Zen Buddhism. Leading qualitative researcher Valerie J. Janesick describes how qualitative inquiry can be informed and improved through an understanding of Zen principles. She calls for a contemplative qualitative inquiry that draws on the understandings of both East and West. In the book, she-explains how key Zen principles of impermanence, non-self, and nirvana apply to qualitative research projects;-advocates important Zen-based practices of meditation, journaling, and poetic thinking;-presents Zen stories, meditation techniques, and writing exercises to improve research practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315431673
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 183
File size: 3 MB

About the Author


Valerie J. Janesick (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa. She teaches courses in Qualitative Methods, Curriculum Theory & Inquiry, Ethics and Leadership. Her research and scholarly focus throughout her career have centered on three intertwined substantive interests: development and use of qualitative research methods through the arts and humanities; expanding narrative inquiry through the use of poetry, video, theater, visual and performing arts; and integrating qualitative inquiry into the understanding of critical pedagogy in the classroom. She has written numerous articles and books in these areas including the text, Stretching Exercises for Qualitative Researchers, 3rd ed.(2011) Sage Publications and Oral History Methods for the Qualitative Researcher: Choreographing the Story (2010) Guilford Press. In her spare time she is studying to become a yoga and meditation teacher.

Table of Contents


Preface
 
Chapter 1:  About Zen and Contemplative Inquiry • Introduction
• About Koans and Sutras
• Intuition, Creativity and Imagination
• Zen Lessons
• Meditation Lessons
• Characteristics of Zen and Qualitative Research
• Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry
• How to Use this Book
• Audience for the Book
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 2:  Impermanence and Observation • Introduction
• Observation and Impermanence
• Writing up Observation Notes
• The Observation and Writing Habit
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 3:  Non-Self and Interviews • Introduction
• Interviewing as a Creative Act
• Interviewing and the Qualitative Researcher
• Doing interviewing and Transcriptions
• The Researcher Reflective Journal as Companion to the Interview
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 4:  Interviewing as an Act of Compassion:  Do No Harm   • Ethics in Research and the Institutional Review Board, IRB
• Lessons Learned as a Former IRB Member
• Sample Ethical Issues
• Approaching IRB’s as an Innovation
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 5:  Documents, Artifacts, and Images • Documents as Data Using a Zen Approach
• Documents, Artifacts, and Photography to Augment the Story
• Archives as a Contemplative Site
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 6:  Nirvana and the Writing Up of Qualitative Research • Introduction
• Writing as an Act of Joy and Mindfulness  
• Summary
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 7: Thinking Poetically • Introduction
• Poetry, Zen, and Theory
• What Is Found Data Poetry and Identity Poetry?
• Poetry as Inquiry
• The Transdisciplinary Potential of Poetry
• Summary
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Chapter 8:  Satori • Working towards Enlightenment
• Making Sense of Contemplative Inquiry
• Being Zen
• Mindful Activities
• Suggested Resources for Further Understanding

 
Appendices
Appendix A:  Glossary of Terms
Appendix B:  Meditation Applications
Appendix C:  Example of a Guided Meditation
Appendix D:  A Sampler of Meditation Centers
Appendix E:  A Sampler of Poetry Blogs  
Appendix F:  Digital Resources for Qualitative Researchers
Appendix G:  Basic Technology Tools and Trends for Qualitative Inquiry
Appendix H:  Sample Poems of Chinese Zen Poet Cold Mountain
Appendix I:  Example of a Mediation Journal Entry
 
References
Index
About the Author

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