EDPY 559 Week 3

Topic: Conducting Observations, Practice Observation, and Documents as a Source of Data


  • Flick (2009) Chp 17, 18, and 19
  • Jones, Holmes, Macrae, & Maclure (2010)
  • Text: Rossman & Rallis (2012) Chp 7 (192-198)
  1. Assignment Reminder:  Site description, is due this week at Week 3 Site Description Posting Blackboard discussion board. Then read the site descriptions that other participants shared in the forum and be prepared to share your ideas during the next class session.
  2. Participate in the Week 3 Research Approach Group Presentation Topic Area of Interest discussion board in Blackboard.
  3. Assignment Reminder: Interview Protocol is due next week at Week 4 Interview Protocol Posting Blackboard discussion board.
  4. IRB Compliance Course Information
    Go to:
    http://research.utk.edu/wp-content/blogs.dir/29/files/2014/02/Responses-to-CITI-IRB-training2.pdf and follow instructions for registering to the CITI training program. If you have any questions contact ortraining@utk.edu. Visit http://irb.utk.edu/training/ for more information.
Discussion Material
  1. Guest Lecture on Nvivo and Atlas.ti
  2. Class discussion
  3. Week 3 Activity A: Engage in a Group Observation use the Observation Protocol
  4. Review observation and field notes tips
  5. Observation description examples
  6. This may be a Week 4 Activity depending on where we are after guest lecture Week 3 Activity B: Photographs as a data source
  7. Wrap up, questions, and comments
  8. Note about materials due next week
  9. Time permitted, participant work time
  10. Readings for next week
    • Merriam, S. B. (2009). Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation: Revised and Expanded from Qualitative Research and Case Study Applications in Education (3rd ed.). San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. Chp. 5
    • Text: Rossman, G. B., & Rallis, S. F. (2012). Learning in the Field: An Introduction to Qualitative Research (Third Edition.). Sage Publications, Inc. Chp 7 (up to 192) & 9
    • Roulston, K. (2010). Considering quality in qualitative interviewing. Qualitative Research, 10(2), 199 -228. doi:10.1177/1468794109356739

Last Updated June 12, 2014