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Qualitative resesarch - wrap up. 10.12.2013 Maija Lanas. What is qualitative research ?. Commonly aims to increase understanding of something Vast amounts of methodologies . Depending on what the reseach hopes to understand , a methodology is chosen/ developed

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Qualitative resesarch wrap up

Qualitativeresesarch- wrapup

10.12.2013

Maija Lanas


What is qualitative research
What is qualitativeresearch?

  • Commonlyaims to increaseunderstanding of something

  • Vastamounts of methodologies. Depending on what the reseachhopes to understand, a methodology is chosen/developed

  • Commonly the researcherdrawsfromexistingliterature to formulate the specificmethodology for theirownresearch

  • The research is notassessedbased on howwellitmatches a pre-existingmethodology, butbased on howwellitdoeswhatit is supposed to do.

WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO, DEPENDS ON THE RESEARCH GOAL AND ORIENTATION 


If the purpose is to understand to predict

methodology: experiments, models, surveys


If the purpose is to understandpeople’spersonalexperiences, life worlds, meaningmaking, values, beliefs

Narrativeresearch, phenomenologicalresearch, phenomenography...


If the purpose is to understandsociety, culturalphenomena

Discourseanalysis, ethnography, documentanalysis, historicalanalysis…


If the purpose is to emancipate

Postcolonialresearch, feministresearch, criticalresearch


Eachmethodology- and how the researcherappliesit-links to someunderstanding of reality and knowledge (epistemology and ontology)

Is reality (in whichthisresearch is interested):

objective and predictable and outside of humanmind

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oris itsubjective and filteredbyhumanmind?

VALIDITY, RELIABILITY

AND

ETHICSOF

RESEARCH

Is knowledge (in whichthisresearch is intrested):

somethingstaticthatexists ”out there” to befound

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oris itsomethingco-producedwthin the researchbetween the researchees and the researcher?


If the purpose is to understand to predict

methodology: experiments, models, surveys

Objectivity, generalizablity, repeatability…


If the purpose is to understandpeople’spersonalexperiences, life worlds, meaningmaking, values, beliefs

Narrativeresearch, phenomenologicalresearch, phenomenography...

Verilisimilityde (believable), description of process, researcher’spositioning, resonance, trustworthness…


If the purpose is to understandsociety, culturalphenomena

Discourseanalysis, ethnography, documentanalysis, historicalanalysis…

Description of the process, logical, trustworthy…


If the purpose is to emancipate

Postcolonialresearch, feministresearch, criticalresearch

Resarcher’spositioning, resonance…


METHODOLOGY: THE BACK BONE

SPECIFIC METHODS

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENTS

  • In thiscourse, studentwork is assessedbased on howwellitexpressesunderstandingthe backbone: the basics of qualitativeresearchmethodology in academicresearch.


Practical issues
Practicalissues

  • The hardpart of thiscourse is almostover! Congratulations!

  • As mentioned in the beginning, this is often a coursethatrequires the mostpersistence and effortfromstudents

  • coursework deadline: 12.12.2013 (no extensions, as mentionedearlier)

  • Courseworkwillberead and postedby the beginning of nextweek, yourcreditswillbe in the officenextweek.

http://qrmet.wordpress.com/coursework/


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