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    Qualitative Article Review: Critical Narrative Analysis

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    Please consider the core components of the following study, data collection, and analytical methods by addressing the following questions:

    What was the overall qualitative design, i.e. phenomenology, ground theory, etc.?
    What was the problem statement?
    What was the purpose of the study and what were the research questions (if stated)?
    What was the sample and sampling technique used?
    What data collection techniques were employed? Were these appropriate to the design? Why or why not?
    How was data analysis employed? Was this an analytical approach different from thematic analysis? If so, how?

    Was the analytical approach appropriate for the study? Why?

    What ethical issues might exist with this study? Why?

    How were the issues of validity addressed?

    Souto-Manning, M., & Ray, N. (2007). Beyond survival in the ivory tower: Black and brown women's living narratives. Equity & Excellence in Education, 40(4), 280-290.

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    Dear Student,
    Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. I have taken the assumption that you are familiar with the qualitative approach so I did not dwell too much on discussing the method assuming only that you have difficulties applying the principles on the study and need help in identifying qualitative elements on the material. As such the outline I suggest is simple as follows:

    1. Study Overview - 100 words
    2. Design & Problem statement - 150 words
    3. Purpose, Research Questions & Sampling - 150 words
    4. Data Collection, Appropriateness - 100 words
    5. Analysis explanation, appropriateness - 100 words
    6. Possible ethical Issues and Validity approaches - 150 words

    You can discuss the study in more detail if you need a far longer analysis than the 750 words this will give you. But I think a straightforward answer is safe enough so that it allows you a concise discussion that covers all bases. You can use the listed resources to further explore related ideas. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. Remember - all your answers are contained within the paper. All the best with your studies.

    AE 105878/Xenia Jones

    Qualitative Research Review

    • Authors: Souto-Manning, M. & Ray, N.
    • Title: "Beyond Survival in the Ivory Tower: Black and Brown Women's Living Narratives"
    • Particulars: from Equity & Excellence in Education, Vol. 40, Issue 4, pp. 280-290
    • Year: 2007
    • Copyright: University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education
    • Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)


    This particular study is an undertaking by the authors (Souto-Manning and Ray, 2007) in a bid to come to understand and locate their place and position within the academic hierarchy they are a part of. They write, "In this paper, we analyze our personal narratives and explore what it means to be African American and Latina graduate students at a predominately white university in the Southeastern U.S. We examine the meaning(s) of occupying our positions within locations that have denied us the right to be legitimate knowledge constructors. We analyze negotiations of race, gender, and class dynamics in our narratives and within the university's institutional discourses." They take note of ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the task of undertaking a qualitative article review. An outline is suggested. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.