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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 5: Collecting Data: Chapter Summary 1. Qualitative data are narrative, appearing primarily as words. o Qualitative data are usually collected through observations, interviews, or journals or by obtaining existing documents or records. o Observations involve carefully and systematically watching and recording what you see and hear in a given setting. o Classroom observations may be structured, semistructured, or unstructured. o Unstructured or semistructured observations allow for the flexibility to attend to other events occurring in the classroom. o Classroom observations are usually recorded in the form of field notes, which may include observer's comments. o Interviews are typically formal conversations between individuals. o Interviews typically follow an interview guide, which may be structured, semistructured, or open-ended. o Interviews can also be conducted with groups of individuals in an interview known as a focus...
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