EDA 76800 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

This course focuses on learning about and practicing qualitative research methods used in educational research. This includes considerations of research question, project design, approaches to data collection, forms of analysis, representing participants in the write-up, and issues of trustworthiness and transferability. Qualitative methods for data collection include (a) interviewing, (b) observation, (c) focus groups, (d) surveys, and (e) forms of analysis of texts and historical documents. Qualitative approaches, which frequently incorporate 2 or more of these methods, include (i) case studies, (ii) program evaluation, (iii) micro-ethnographies, and (iv) forms of action research. Note: Students planning to use qualitative methods in their doctoral research are encouraged to take this course to learn the necessary techniques for conducting and analyzing these kinds of research.