The main approaches introduced are: case study, narrative research, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory and participatory action research. Differences between these approaches are explored with the special attention given to: ontological and epistemological assumptions; role of theory; types of research goals and research questions; use of methods (interviews, documentary analysis, observations, analysis of audio-visual materials); possibilities of generalizations. Students are presented with examples of research design following specific approaches and have an opportunity to discuss them with invited researchers representing each of the research traditions.
During the course candidates discuss own research design in smaller groups, which enables them to develop own projects and justify own methodological choices.
- Qualitative research approach – ontology and epistemology
- Six alternative approaches: case study, narrative research, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory and participatory action research
- Connecting goal to questions, methods, data sources, analysis and conclusions
- Analysis strategies and the role of theory
- Academic writing and qualitative research
The work will consist in a combination of lectures and student activity in group discussions and presentations of PhD projects.
Time and place
Date and time: 18.10 - 20.10. 2021. Monday 10 - 16.30, Tuesday 09 - 16.30, Wednesday 09 - 15.00.
Haverland, M., & Yanow, D. (2012). A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Public Administration Research Universe: Surviving Conversations on Methodologies and Methods. Public Administration Review, 72, 401-408.
Creswell, J. W., & Poth, C. N. (2018). Qualitative inquiry and research design (international student edition): Choosing among five approaches. Language, 25(459p), 23cm.
(Haverland & Yanow, 2012)
Participants are required to submit a written text ahead of the course, approximately 1-2 pages. The text should describe the candidates PhD project and reflect on methodological challenges and possibilities in applying qualitative methods. The description should include explicitly stated research aim, research question, reflection on methods and data sources selection, 5 key words.
Deadline for submission of written text: 30.09.21.
Please submit to email@example.com.
After the course, the student must submit a text of 1.750 words +/- 10% (ca. 5 pages) where they present three alternative qualitative research designs for their own project. Students can choose among the six designs presented during the course.
Deadline for submission of written paper: 15.12.21, in Inspera Assessment
You will find more information about Inspera Assessment in the course pages at www.vid.no/student.