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  • 1. Chapter 11Qualitative Research Design
    Bart Miller
    EDUC 519
  • 2. Presentation Guideline
    Qualitative Research* Characteristics* Types* Methods* Research Problems* Credibility
  • 3. Characteristics of Qualitative Research
    • Occurs naturally – field research
    • 4. Data collected directly from the source.
    • 5. Rich descriptions & details in recording.
    • 6. Process orientation - Focus on “HOW” and “WHY”.
    • 7. Data gathered first, then synthesized to form generalizations.
    • 8. Focus on participants’ perspectives and understanding.
    • 9. Research design evolves and changes throughout the study.
  • Question #1
    Name the four types of qualitative research and give an example of each in an educational research context.
  • 10. Types of Qualitative Research
    • Ethnographic Studies
    • 11. Case Studies
    • 12. Phenomenological Studies
    • 13. Grounded Theory Studies
  • Ethnographic Studies
    In-depth descriptions and interpretations of cultural patterns and meanings within a culture or social group. Researchers observe a culture for an extended period of time, interacting with and interviewing members of the culture, gaining knowledge through the analysis of documents and artifacts.
    Identifying and Entering the Research Site
    • Gaining Permission & Establishing Rapport
    Selecting Participants
    Data Collection
    - Observations
    - Interviews – Types
    - Document Analysis
    Data Analysis
    - Emic
    - Etic
    - Codes
  • 14. Ethnographic Studies
    Examples:
    Mary - a study of new mathematics teachers' attitudes of using manipulatives.
    Ham - comparison of children from three different cultures attending kindergarten.
  • 15. Case Studies
    An in-depth investigation of one entity, which is carefully defined and characterized by time and place.
    Types of Case Studies
    - Historical Organizational, Observational, Life History, Situation analysis, Multicase, Multisite
    Research Problem Statement
    Entering the Site & Selecting Participants
    Data Collection
    - Observations
    - Interviews – Types
    - Document Analysis
    Data Analysis
    - Transcripts and field notes need to be coded, organized, summarized, etc.
    - Similar to ethnographic studies
  • 16. Case Studies
    Examples:
    Mary - a with-in study of a instructional strategy at a single school
    Ham - study of a situation analysis on how peer pressure effects the choices that kids make.
  • 17. Phenomenological Studies
    To describe and interpret the experiences of participants in order to understand the essence of the experience as perceived by the participants.
    Focuses on the consciousness of human experiences.
    Examples:
    Mary - a study of the relationship between peer tutors and tutoree
    Ham - on the influence of television on student study habits.
  • 18. Grounded Theory Studies
    The intent of a grounded theory study is to discover or generate a theory.
    Data Collection:
    - Interviews
    Data Analysis:
    - Coding to constantly compare findings to themes
    Reporting of Results:
    - As a set of propositions, hypotheses, or theories
    Examples:
    Mary -a study of the effect of discipline during elementary school on the later adolescent success
    Ham - collecting field data on how does exercise influence students grades, how does healthy food assist kids grades, how does outdoor play effect students grades.
  • 19. Activity: Types of Qualitative Research
    Name the type of qualitative research for each example:
    • An investigation of 15 students’ perspectives on their experience in the high school band.
    • 20. A with-in study of how a specific scheduling system works at a single school district.
    • 21. Data collected to find out how elementary student’s involvement in physical education programs effect their overall school grades.
    • 22. An in-depth study of Native American school children on the reservation.
  • Credibility of Qualitative Research
  • Question # 2
    Why is it important for researchers to use multiple methods of data collection?
    Mary – It is important to yield richness of understanding the phenomenon being studied. In addition, interviews and document analysis could help to verify observations and explain a participant's point of view.
    Ham - Using multiple methods enhance the credibility of results. Since, researchers judge credibility of results from a holistic perspective. If you are using different methods but get the same results the validity of the research is verified.