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RM 632: Qualitative Research III

Ph.D. Program: spring 2012-13


James N. Lampe, Ph.D.


Required Text  

Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications. This is the second edition.  There is a 2012 edition.  If you can find the 2007, get that. It is usually cheaper.
This course is designed as an introduction to qualitative research as it can be applied to dissertation oriented research and to provide insight into the ability to evaluate and understand qualitative research one encounters in the literature.


Specific goals

  1. Understand the nature of qualitative research and provide students with an introduction to the epistemology and general view of qualitative research.
  2. Provide a working knowledge of the methodology and techniques of qualitative research.
  3. Develop a working knowledge of the skills for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.
  4. Develop tools to critically evaluate qualitative research.
  5. Provide students with tools to discern when and how to use qualitative methodology when planning dissertation projects.

Evaluation

Evaluation for grade includes class participation, oral presentations, and written assignments.

  1. Class participation and discussion is evaluated as 40% of your overall grade. It includes evidence of reading assigned papers and chapters. Class participation includes showing up.
  2. Oral report for assignment one - 10%,
  3. Oral presentation of course project - 10%,   
  4. Written paper for course project - 40%
  • The oral presentation for the first assignment is due in the 5th class.
  • The oral presentation of final projects is due the last class.
  • Written paper for final project is due one week following the last class. The written final paper must be submitted as a Word document. Please, put your name in the file name when submitting it as file.

Assignments

Readings for each class as noted on syllabus.

  • Assignment 1:  Oral Report

Review an ICSW qualitative dissertation. Evaluate its strength and weakness.  (2-5 pages if written out) Due in class 5.
These questions should be answered.

  1. What is the research question?
  2. What is the rationale or purpose of the study?
  3. Describe the methodology including how data is collected and analysed, the participants, and the questions asked.
  4. What type of qualitative study is this?
  5. What are the findings and how are they presented?
  6. What are the main elements of the discussion.
  7. Comment on how this study self-evaluates and discuss your thoughts about evaluation.
  8. Summarize strengths and weakness .
  • Assignment 2Course project

Two presentations:

  1. Oral presentation in class, due in final class.
  2. Written assignment to be handed in, due by midnight one week after final class.

Students will select a question to explore and obtain data by interviewing three non vulnerable participants.
The first task is to formulate a topic suitable for grounded theory or phenomenological research. The topic and population will be approved by the instructor prior to interviewing.
Informed consent forms must be constructed and obtained for all participants according to ICSW IRB guidelines. All students will be informed of IRB restrictions in class and sign a form which will be provided recognizing pertinent issues of conducting a research project as a part of coursework.  With this form, all students will create a consent form to be used with participants and include a copy.
It is also important to remember that the consent form used must be included with the final project document.
Data analysis will be discussed in class and each student will present a summary of their final project work in class.                

Written and oral assignment will include

  1.         Statement of the topic, and elaboration of the question to be explored.
  2.         Researcher’s interest in the question or brief description of background.
  3.         Short description of methodology with description of participants
  4.         Presentation of data, analysis and findings.
  5.         Summarize your data analysis and findings.
  6.         Reflections on the process. 

Oral presentation will be approximately 15 minutes and will by a summary of the project.       


Class Policies

Reading

The learning process in this class takes place primarily through the assigned readings, class lectures and class discussions. The readings are designed to provide a foundation in the subject matter, which will then be further explained and discussed in class. It is expected that everyone will do the reading and bring any questions or reactions to class.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend class, be on time, and participate in discussion. If a student needs to miss a class, the student should let the instructor know with an email or phone message. There is no excuse not to alert the instructor beforehand. Attendance is generally mandatory except in emergencies and/or pre-arranged with the instructor. More than two missed classes could result in an incomplete grade. When a class is missed, the student may be requested to make up the class by turning in a short paper summarizing the class material covered in that class.

Quality of written work

It is policy that your written work will follow APA style. All work must be double spaced. Your work should be adequately edited. Citations must be formatted in APA style.

  • Class 1: Getting acquainted with Qualitative research

Introductions
Review syllabus and class assignments.
Includes Course projects, and IRB procedure; participants and consents.
Discussion of readings:
Schwandt; Chapter 7: Three Epistemological Stances: Denzin,N and Lincoln,Y. (2000). Handbook of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications. (Database).
Chapters 1-3: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications.

Discussion of topics for course project and IRB forms.

  • Class 2: Understanding qualitative work, qualitative traditions, approaches

Discussion, readings.
Chapters 4- 6: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications.
Grounded theory: Lyons, E. and Coyle, A. (2007). Analyzing qualitative data in psychology. Thousands Oaks, Sage. (Database).
Discuss class assignments, topics to be defined and discussed.

  • Class 3: Data

Discussion, readings
Chapter 7: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications.
Chapter 6: Memos and Diagrams: Corbin, J. and Strauss, A. (2008). Basics of qualitative research 3e.Thousands Oaks, Sage. (Database).
Discuss class assignments: problems and questions getting started.

  • Class 4: Data and Analysis

Discussion, readings
Chapter 8: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications.
Chapter 5: Theoretical Sampling Saturation and Sorting: Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory; a practical guide through qualitative analysis. (Database).
Discuss class assignments

  • Class 5: Evaluation of Qualitative Study

Assignment due: Oral reports due, review of a Qualitative ICSW dissertation.

Discuss class assignments; data analysis.

  • Class 6: Evaluation

Chapter 10: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications.
Criteria for Evaluation: Corbin, J. and Strauss, A. (2008). Basics of qualitative research 3e.Thousands Oaks, Sage. (Database)
Reading:
Appendix B, C and D: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications. ( Read these studies and be prepared to discuss and evaluate using the same criteria used in the first assignment.)

  • Class 7: Putting it together, the report

Chapter 9: Cresswell, J. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry: Choosing among five approaches. New York, Sage Publications
Chapter 7: Writing the Draft. Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory; a practical guide through qualitative analysis. (Database)
Discuss class assignments; data analysis and findings.

  • Class 8: Student’s oral presentations of class assignment

References

Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory; a practical guide through qualitative analysis. Thousands Oaks, Sage.

Corbin, J. and Strauss, A. (2008). Basics of qualitative research 3e.Thousands Oaks, 

Sage.Lyons, E. and Coyle, A. (2007). Analyzing qualitative data in psychology. Thousands Oaks, Sage.

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