Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology|
Spring 2012 not offered
AMST 241, FGSS 203|
Students in the course will learn about the topic of qualitative research methods through the process of designing and conducting an interview study. Students will work together in small groups and be introduced to other methods of collecting qualitative data throughout the term, but the focus of this course is on semistructured interviewing. Students gain firsthand experience with entry issues, data collection, and analysis (e.g., thick description, theme interpretation, grounded theory), and writing up ethnographic research. Throughout the course we will discuss the theoretical paradigms and tensions regarding the role of qualitative methods in the field of psychology.
Information Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: Students will learn about data analytic methods of interpretation and acquire skills to effectively utilize them in course-based research. In particular, students learn to examine and interpret qualitative data in order to deduce their meaning and present it to an audience concisely and coherently.
Information Literacy: Students learn about sources of qualitative data in addition to those produced in the class, such as archival and online sources. Ways to access such sources, as well as their ethical and appropriate utilization, are taught.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(FGSS)(PSYC)(SISP)
Emerson, R.M., Fretz, R.I., & Shaw, L.L. (1995). WRITING ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDNOTES. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Weiss, R. (1994). LEARNING FROM STRANGERS: THE ART AND METHOD OF QUALITATIVE INTERVIEW STUDIES. New York: Free Press.
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Three to four short papers; final project.
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