Teaching Qualitative Research

This post first appeared at SAGE Connection.

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As part of SAGE’s summer reading series, where the parent of MethodSpace offers free articles that showcase classroom tips to university professors, three articles looking at different techniques and discussion on the teachings of qualitative research in the higher education classroom are being featured.

The following pieces explore how to conduct and analyze qualitative data in different areas of the social sciences.

This article reports the author’s experience teaching sociology graduate students how to analyze qualitative data. His course focused on teaching the practical skills of defining coding categories, coding text, analyzing coded text, and writing up the results of analysis. The course was enthusiastically received and eventually became a permanent part of the sociology methods course offerings at American University.

Professor Dalit Yassour Borochowitz describes several methodological questions that she encountered within the past four years teaching a qualitative research seminar. The topic of the seminar, “Intimate Violence against Women,” proved to be difficult to her students that come from very diverse backgrounds.  The article draws on examples and verbatim quotes from the students, and is presented with the author’s own questions and reflections.

In this article, Karen L. Poulin shares the design and rationale for an introductory course in qualitative research, describes typical challenges faced by students, and offers strategies for fostering student learning and success. Limitations of the approach are discussed and recommendations offered based on lessons learned from practice.


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