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In the manuscript an attempt has been made to show a connection between many authentic assessment practices and qualitative research techniques in the hope that as reading teachers understand these connections, it may help them in their authentic assessment endeavors. Teachers may expand their usage of authentic assessment after discovering the similarities, or seek opportunities to learn more about qualitative research, thus capitalizing on the strengths of both. While we want to be careful not to betray the analytic complexity of qualitative research and confuse it with the practical complexity of teaching and authentic assessment, we believe that sometimes an awareness of an issue can change our paradigms thereby opening our minds to new ways of thinking. These new ways of thinking can then provide us with further explorations.

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