EDPY 559 Week 2

Topic: Qualitative Research Design and Entering the Field

    • Text: Creswell, J. W. (2013). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches (Third Edition.). Sage Publications, Inc. Chp 3 & 7
    • Text: Rossman, G. B., & Rallis, S. F. (2012). Learning in the Field: An Introduction to Qualitative Research (Third Edition.). Sage Publications, Inc. Chp 5 & 6

    Optional Readings

    • Payne, G., & Williams, M. (2005). Generalization in Qualitative Research. Sociology, 39(2), 295–314. doi:10.1177/0038038505050540
    • Tracy, S. J. (2010). Qualitative Quality: Eight “Big-Tent” Criteria for Excellent Qualitative Research. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(10), 837–851. doi:10.1177/1077800410383121
    1. Assignment Reminder:  Site description, is due next 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. 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. Field Work Preparations
      • Share topics that interest you
    2. Points of Discussion
    3. Participant work time on site selection and description, research question, ethical and power dynamics issues, observer issues, and maintaining trustworthiness
    4. Share progress
    5. Wrap up
    6. Readings for next week in recommended reading order
      • Flick (2009) Chp 17, 18, and 19
      • Jones, Holmes, Macrae, & Maclure (2010)
      • Text: Rossman & Rallis (2012) Chp 7 (192-198)
    7. In class activity for next week
      • We will discuss pros and cons about observation as a data collection method and tips for researchers new to conducting observations. Please come to class with your own list of pros and cons and tips based on the readings. You will find that the authors have numerous advice; therefore, you could resort to a top ten list for yourself that will be manageable at first. We will share notes and engage in discussion in class. You will also engage in a quick observation activity and reflect on it as well.

    Last Updated June 11, 2014