jan.13 - Family studies Lecture 2 January 13 2009...

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Family studies Lecture 2 January 13 2009 Qualitative research methods 1. Observation- observational studies typically involve the systematic recording of observable phenomena or behaviors in a natural setting Strength - Uncover patterns of behavior that reflect hidden attitudes or views and unconsciously affect participants Weakness- - Difficult to implement 2. Participant observation- it means that researchers either disguise themselves as a group member or become so familiar with other members that their presence is barely noticed Weakness- ethic concerns To minimize bias in observational studies: - Use several well-trained researchers who do not know the objective and what researchers expect to find out 3. In-depth interview - Structured interview - Semi- strucred interview- the questions have a structure with open-ended questions. Specific question, but still how you think - Casual or in an in directive manner- very broad. No specific direction Two advantages: - Have a clear focus on what researchers want from their subjects
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2009 for the course MIT 2000 taught by Professor Da during the Spring '09 term at Acadia.

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