Understanding qualitative research and developing qualitative research skills, examining exemplars in the field, exploring the various qualitative research methodologies such as participant-observation and in-depth interviewing and the theoretical and ethical dilemmas associated with each. Data collection, writing field notes and transforming such data into written ethnographic documents are emphasized. Cross-listed as SOCI/PSYC 327. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research
By Anfara, Vincent and Norma Mertz ( Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Ethnography: Principles in Practice
By Atkinson, Paul and Martyn Hammersley (Routledge) Recommended
A Guide to Field Research
By Bailey, Carol (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You’re Doing It
By Becker, Howard (University of Chicago Press) Recommended
Constructing Grounded Theory
By Charmaz, Kathy (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Handbook of Narrative Inquiry Methodologies
By Clandinin, D. Jean (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Designing Surveys: A Guide to Decisions and Procedures
By Czaja, Ron and Johnny Blair (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research
By Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonne S. Lincoln (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
How to Conduct Surveys: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Fink, Arlene (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
An Introduction to Qualitative Research
By Flick, Uwe (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Reflexivity and Voice
By Hertz, Rosanna (Sage) Recommended
Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis
By Lofland, John and Lyn Lofland (Wadsworth) Recommended
By O’Reilly, Karen (Routledge) Recommended
You Owe Yourself a Drunk: An Ethnography of Urban Nomads
By Spradley, James P (Waveland Press) Recommended
Focus Groups: Theory and Practice
By Stewart, David, Prem Shamdasani, and Dennis Rook (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Working Method: Research and Social Justice
By Weis, Lois and Michelle Fine (Routledge) Recommended
By Holstein & Gubrium (Sage) Recommended
• To understand the appropriate use of qualitative methodologies. • To distinguish between the various qualitative methods, the strengths and weaknesses of each and read exemplars of the various types of qualitative research methods. • To identify research dilemmas associated with qualitative methods: objectivity vs. subjectivity, researcher reflexivity and voice, studying outgroups. • To complete a qualitative research project.
Describe the various research methodologies qualitative researchers employ.
Identify strengths and weaknesses of each type of qualitative method.
Explore the dilemmas surrounding qualitative research.
Engage in qualitative research practices.
Introduce qualitative research as distinct from quantitative research.
Begin thinking of a qualitative research project.
Qualitative methodologies social science researchers use - Ethnography - Participant observation - Interviewing
Dilemmas surrounding qualitative research - Researcher reflexivity - Objectivity versus subjectivity - Voice - Studying outgroups
Read two exemplars of qualitative research
Explore your research project in terms of these dilemmas
Discuss the postmodern turn in ethnography
Engage in qualitative research
Turning qualitative data into a final written product
Presentation of qualitative research project
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
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