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ScWk 240 Edward Cohen Page 1 ScWk 240 Research Methods and Design Week 11 November 7, 2008 San José State University Edward Cohen, Ph.D. Î Final Paper due date change: Now due on Wednesday 12/10 Qualitative Methods and Mixed Methods “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963) Review—the five qualitative approaches: Narrative Phenomenological Grounded theory Ethnography Case study Identify the approach implied in the following scenarios: 1. A focus group with teen mothers to understand their experiences and hardships completing high school Phenomenological 2. Interviews with participants in an experimental study to understand how the new treatment did or did not work, from their point of view Grounded theory 3. A study of one community’s response to the economic downturn, using qualitative and quantitative types of data Case study 4. The life events of a returning veteran that influenced how resilience influenced coping with trauma Narrative 5. A study of internet culture with Facebook members Ethnography Qualitative Methods Design ***Note—unless otherwise stated, describing qualitative methods uses the same format as for quantitative methods—though the actual methods used will be different. I. General differences between quantitative and qualitative methods II. Components of Qualitative Methods A. Sample, study population, sampling frame, sampling procedures 1. What is an appropriate sample size for qualitative research?
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ScWk 240 Edward Cohen Page 2 2. What are the typical sampling procedures for qualitative research? 3. How representative should the sample be of the study population? B. Study site—where your research takes place, such as 1. The sponsoring agency (e.g. a child welfare agency; a hospital) 2. The place where you will do your observations (e.g. a classroom; a street corner) 3. The group allowing you access (e.g. homeless encampment; an organized protest; a bridge club) C. Research design—one of the five approaches ***If you were to add a qualitative component to your topic, which approach would you choose? D.
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