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http://gcq.sagepub.com Gifted Child Quarterly DOI: 10.1177/0016986206296656 2007; 51; 51 Gifted Child Quarterly Laurence J. Coleman, Aige Guo and Charlotte Simms Dabbs and Critique The State of Qualitative Research in Gifted Education as Published in American Journals: An Analysis http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/51/1/51 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: National Association for Gifted Children can be found at: Gifted Child Quarterly Additional services and information for http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://gcq.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/51/1/51 Citations by Katherine Prammer on April 21, 2009 http://gcq.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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51 Gifted Child Quarterly Volume 51 Number 1 Winter 2007 51-63 © 2007 National Association for Gifted Children 10.1177/0016986206296656 http://gcq.sagepub.com hosted at http://online.sagepub.com The State of Qualitative Research in Gifted Education as Published in American Journals An Analysis and Critique Laurence J. Coleman Aige Guo Charlotte Simms Dabbs University of Toledo Abstract: As qualitative research has become a more familiar form of inquiry in gifted education, judging its quality and value remains obscure and problematic to the field. This article analyzes and critiques published studies for the purpose of understanding the state of qualitative research in gifted education. Data for this study are from the major American gifted education journals. Publications between 1985 and 2003 are surveyed, electronically and manually, to form the pool of 124 qualitative studies. Each study is summarized, analyzed, categorized, and evaluated based on the attributes of qualitative research. Of the original pool, 40 are consistent with the qualitative paradigm; others are judged as qualitative lite or examples of quantitative research. Exemplars of quality studies are presented as referents for readers to further their understanding and investigation of the quality and value of qualitative research. Putting the Research to Use: Synthesizing and critiquing a body of scholarship is the way a field of study under- stands itself. Research using a qualitative paradigm has been a relatively recent addition to gifted education, although it has been popular in other fields. We offer an interpretation of multiple years of studies to promote understanding of this kind of scholarship. Qualitative research is a dynamic form of inquiry that provides infor- mation about the process and conditions conducive to the development of talent. It adds an insider perspective to our understanding of giftedness. We provide a basis for judging qualitative research, describe studies that meet that criteria, and note a growing sophistication of its possibilities as a research perspective.
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