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Week 12 classnotes - ScWk 240 Research Methods and Design...

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ScWk 240 Week 12 Edward Cohen, Ph.D. Page 1 ScWk 240 Research Methods and Design Week 12 November 14, 2008 San José State University Edward Cohen, Ph.D. Feedback about papers Review for test Assessing trustworthiness of qualitative studies Affinity Group work Notes about Citations—where should they go? Not so good: The research of Joe T. Plumber found that blah blah blah (Plumber, 2005). Better: The research of Joe T. Plumber (2005)… Not so good: In Joe Sixpack’s and Joe Plumber’s research, they found that….blah blah blah (Sixpack & Plumber, 2005) Better: Sixpack and Plumber (2005) found that… Not so good: In one study it showed that… Better: One study showed that… Assessing the quality of qualitative research —generalizability, validity and reliability A. Generalization—how much could the study findings be generalized to the larger study population, other populations, or other settings? 1. Not as much a concern in qualitative studies 2. Especially for those studies developing theory, or dimensions of an instrument, do the themes represent those in a larger population? 3. Some studies might require theoretical sampling —another way to describe purposive sampling—looking for cases that will provide the most information about the anticipated themes B. Reliability 1. In quantitative research: consistency of data and findings 2. In qualitative research: accurate data collection (taping, transcribing) and
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