Welcome to the Companion Website

The SAGE edge site for Qualitative Research by Sharon M. Ravitch and Nicole Mittenfelner Carl offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


Focused on developing the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological knowledge needed to engage in rigorous and valid research, this introductory text provides practical explanations, exercises, and advice for how to conduct qualitative research—from design through implementation, analysis, and writing up research. The book presents the field of qualitative research in a unique and meaningful way, and helps readers understand what the authors call “criticality” in qualitative research by communicating its foundations and processes with clarity and simplicity while still capturing complexity. Packed with real-life examples of questions, issues, and situations that stem from the authors’ and their students’ research, the book humanizes the qualitative research endeavor, illustrates the types of scenarios that arise, and emphasizes the importance of actively considering paradigmatic values throughout every stage of the research process. In every chapter, the authors illustrate the qualitative research process as decidedly ideological, political, and subjective using themes of criticality, reflexivity, collaboration, and rigor.


We gratefully acknowledge Sharon M. Ravitch and Nicole Mittenfelner Carl for writing an excellent text and for developing ancillary materials for this site. Special thanks are also due to Janet Duncan of SUNY Cortland for writing the chapter quizzes on the student site and Lydia Kyei-Blankson of Illinois State University for curating the list of video resources.