Academic journal article The Qualitative Report

A Holistic Teaching Approach for Your Qualitative Research Class: A Book Review

Academic journal article The Qualitative Report

A Holistic Teaching Approach for Your Qualitative Research Class: A Book Review

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At a glance, the book's chapters are organized from themes such as "what it means to teach qualitative research" (Swaminathan & Mulvihill, 2018, p. 1), to teaching students how to think qualitatively, to engaging students via experiential learning about qualitative concepts, to educating novice researchers about writing a qualitative research article. The chapters offer a sample curriculum with class activities (including their duration), discussion questions, and suggested readings for students. There are exercises available for instructors as part of their own reflective journal. The authors' holistic approach emphasizes that although they provide very specific and detailed teaching suggestions, these ideas can be adjusted to students' needs and for the instructor to insert their own voice and specialty.

The strength that this teacher's manual holds is its philosophy of teaching, known as the holistic pedagogical approach. This approach is further explained early in the book so that the instructor reading it can have a clear picture of the holistic educator's value system. According to Swaminathan and Mulvihill (2018), a holistic teaching style encourages inclusivity, social justice, curiosity, flexibility, self-investigation, collaboration, and contemplative inquiry (pp. 38-39). In other words, the educator's stance is not only to teach and guide, but it is also to learn, self-reflect, and collaborate with students. …

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