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Chapter 1: Introduction to Conceptual Frameworks Conceptual Frameworks Explored and Defined Elements of a Conceptual Framework Organization of this Book Concluding Thoughts: Using Conceptual Frameworks Chapter 2: Why Conceptual Frameworks? What (and Where) is Theory? Whose Theory is It, and Where Does It Come From? What is a Literature Review, and What is It For? The Case for Conceptual Frameworks: Concluding Thoughts Chapter 3: Origins of a Conceptual Framework: The Birth of Grit Background and context: An overview of the work in focus The argument Origins: Conversations with the dead and the living Formulating the concept: From conversing to inquiring Forming and advancing the argument Chapter 4: Excavating Questions "Excavating" Research Questions About the Author Background and Context: An Overview of the Work in Focus The Argument Conceptual Frameworks and Research Design The Co-evolution of Conceptual Frameworks and Research Design Conceptual Frameworks and Research Design: Concluding Thoughts Reflection Questions Chapter 5: The Role of the Conceptual Framework in Data Collection and Fieldwork Who You Are, How You Think, and What You Study About the Author Background and Context: An Overview of the Work in Focus The Argument Hyphenated Selves as a Theoretical Framework The Hyphen as Method: Positionality and Practice Conceptual Frameworks and Fieldwork: Concluding Thoughts Chapter 6: Conceptual Frameworks and the Analysis of Data Examining the Influence of an Ever-Emerging Conceptual Framework About the Author Background and Context: An Overview of the Work in Focus The Argument From Argument to Analysis Transcription as Data Analysis Evolving and Shifting Frameworks of Analysis Conceptual Frameworks and Data Analysis: Concluding Thoughts Chapter 7: Expanding the Conversation, Extending the Argument: The Role of Conceptual Frameworks in Presenting, Explaining, and Contextualizing Findings About the Author Background and Context: AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORK IN FOCUS Being in Conversation With Theory: Influences on Thought and Action The Argument Conclusion Chapter 8: Reflections on the Making and Re-making of a Conceptual Framework - William K. Dunworth Developing a Conceptual Framework Challenges in the field Revisiting Conceptual Frameworks: Turning Artifacts into Processes "Everything is data": Returning to the field Revising the conceptual framework and integrating findings Chapter 9: The Conceptual Framework as Guide and Ballast Developing a Conceptual Framework Starting Points: Self and Audience Making-and Breaking-Your Plans The Conversation: From Listening to Speaking Strategies and Exercises for Developing Conceptual Frameworks Identifying Your Interests, Beliefs, and Motivations for Doing Research Examination of the "Conversations Already Happening" Ongoing Questions and Concerns about the Research Concept Maps Research Memos Research Journal Reason and Rigor

About the Author

Sharon M. Ravitch is a professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She engages in numerous applied research projects in India, serving as a visiting scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and working as a co-researcher and key resource expert in policy advocacy, professional development, and community-based participatory research related to corporate social responsibility through TISS's corporate social responsibility hub. She is involved in the design and implementation of assessment and evaluation of statewide performance through mixed-methods research in the Ministry of Human Resource Development's major policy initiative, Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a countrywide reform initiative aimed to resurrect India's state public university system. Ravitch is also an expert adviser at the Center for Academic Leadership and Education Management at TISS. The center provides professional development and policy advocacy support to school education leaders across India. Ravitch works in the center's capacity-building program to collaboratively develop case studies and technology-innovation frameworks for the higher education and K-12 sectors using a participatory approach. She received the prestigious GIAN Scholar Award from the government of India for 2016-2017 and the RUSA Scholar Award for 2017-2018. Ravitch also received a Fulbright Fellowship to engage in research and applied development work in India from 2017 to 2019. Ravitch has published five books: Applied Research for Sustainable Change: A Guide for Education Leaders (with Nicole Carl, 2019); Qualitative Research: Bridging the Conceptual, Theoretical, and Methodological (2nd ed., with Nicole Carl, 2020); Reason and Rigor: How Conceptual Frameworks Guide Research (2012; 2nd ed., with Matthew Riggan, 2016); School Counseling Principles: Diversity and Multiculturalism (2006); and Matters of Interpretation: Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships With Youth (with Michael Nakkula, 1998). Matthew Riggan, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Penn's Graduate School of Education. His current research focuses on formative assessment in elementary mathematics; assessing analytic and problem-solving skills for postsecondary readiness; systemic reform to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; and factors supporting or undermining the scale-up of promising reforms in urban school districts. He teaches courses in qualitative research design, data collection, and analysis, and has worked extensively on developing qualitative and mixed methods approaches to program theory evaluation and analysis of video data. He holds a doctorate in Anthropology and Education from the University of Pennsylvania.


"[The Second Edition] does a better job than any other text I've read of demystifying research by emphasizing the process rather than the strategies." -- Jane Lohmann
"[This book] is a very good examination of the ways conceptual frameworks play themselves out in different contexts examining the different aspects of the conceptual frameworks as they appear in literature that has been published (including the dissertation)." -- Julie Slayton
"[This text] provides an excellent overview of the use of conceptual frameworks to guide research." -- Christine E. Blake

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