Qualitative Research for Diverse and Underserved Communities

Edited by:
Jeton McClinton, Jackson State University
Arthur E. Hernandez, University of the Incarnate Word
Alma Thorton, Jackson State University

Call for Chapters

We invite you to submit a Book Chapter/Case Study for our forthcoming book, Qualitative Research for Diverse and Underserved Communities, which is under contract.

Book Purpose
The purpose of the book is to provide a description and explanation of various qualitative methods, mechanisms of analysis with case study examples. The book will provide an introduction to theory, methods and techniques which can serve as a field guide for practice. Though there are many books which describe qualitative research, this book is designed from its inception as a guide to inquiry with individuals from and groups which are underrepresented, marginalized and/or disadvantaged. With this purpose, the book focuses on the meaningfulness of these approaches framed by a commitment to social justice and considers qualitative research with the imperative of involving voiceless, marginalized, unrepresented, or devalued populations.

We anticipate the book will be useful for teachers of qualitative research and evaluation, practitioners, dissertation students considering qualitative methods and as a ready reference (i.e. a field guide). The authors/editors believe this book will expand national conversations about social justice, address voids in the literature and gaps in public policy informed by social justice and inform the general body of knowledge concerning qualitative research.

The proposed book will include chapters related to methodology as well as case-study based illustrations/examples of practice. It will be framed through the consideration of the grounding questions of why, what, how, where, when, and who. “Why” is a qualitative research fundamental which is especially important for gathering information from individuals from minoritized and disadvantaged groups. The question is essential for those who want to understand the implications of critical race theory and other conceptualizations related to unequal and unfair power, status, privilege, and opportunity. What involves consideration of the intersectionality of theories and methods with regard to the framing conceptualizations. How is the differentiation of the proposed work from other work. The text will include examples and guidelines which can be used to support the development of inquiry frameworks and mechanisms. Where means the social settings, communities, conditions, circumstances and other contextual considerations which warrant theory based or informed qualitative research. When describes conditional knowledge which will suggest/recommend appropriate use of particular methodology and design given specific study participants, applications situations, space, stations, time, etc. Finally, Who is for whom the proposed work is designed. The book will be intended for advanced Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral level graduate students, academic faculty and professionals and practitioners (including faculty and administrators in PreK-12 education).

Case Study Submissions Outline
Contributors should organize their work and include each of the following elements in their submission. While the case study should describe inquiry, the focus of the submission should be on methodology, context, conditions and rationale rather than the outcomes of the study. Case studies may be of any length but, generally no longer than ten pages (approximately 2500 words) not inclusive of references. Because likely readers of the book will be specifically interested in the application of qualitative inquiry to problems involving individuals from underserved, minoritized and disadvantaged groups, the proposed case studies should reflect and illustrate these applications. Among others, recent graduates are encouraged to consider adapting their dissertation research for this text.

General Format
• Context for their inquiry – e.g. What was the problem which precipitated the inquiry?
• Focus for their inquiry – e.g. specific research questions, questions related to the problem
• Case/Sample/Population of interest – e.g. population description and the rationale
• Conditions within which the inquiry is situated – e.g. COVID, limited literacy, readiness
• Methodology for the inquiry and why – e.g. Action Research, Success Case, ethnography, etc.
• Process/protocol for the inquiry – e.g. What did the researcher do and why?
• Information Processing/Analysis – e.g. thematic, recursive abstraction, grounded theory, narrative analysis, etc.
• Anticipated and unanticipated consequences, events and outcomes – e.g. challenges in recruiting, retention, reaching saturation, etc.
• Changes in inquiry focus due to initial data collection, information from respondents, etc. – e.g. How did the inquiry emerge or evolve and why?
• Summary brief of findings – i.e. What was learned from the inquiry?
• What was learned about qualitative research (rather than the focus of interest)? – i.e. What recommendations for practice would you offer others?

Submissions Procedure
Contributors are invited to submit to:

Authors should provide 3 to 5 keywords. The format of the submission: Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced, with references being APA formatted.

Submitted case studies may be developed from multiple sources, including primary sourced information (e.g. observations, interviews) or may refer to a fictional organization and/or other stakeholders. Actual case studies should provide anonymous references to individuals and organizations unless attribution is requested by the providers of information. Secondarily sourced cases are also accepted.

Authors should also submit a 300 or less-word biographical sketch including their title, affiliation and any related publications or achievements.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2020
Acceptance notification: No later than February 28, 2021
Publication date no later than: January 31, 2022

Send publication inquires to: Jeton McClinton: ( or Arthur E. Hernandez: (

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