a Focus groups are demographically diverse groups of people assembled to

A focus groups are demographically diverse groups of

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a. Focus groups are demographically diverse groups of people assembled to participate in a guide discussion about a particular topic i. Drawbacks: can he biased toward views of one participant, dominant participants, no confidentiality guaranteed because of other members ii. Merits: can prompt recall, release inhibitions to talk, speedy results, low costs 8. What are some of the guidelines for creating an interview guide? a. Contains a list of topics and for semi-structured interviews, specific questions b. Included main questions and probes c. Open-ended questions may include a grand tour question 9. What are the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research? a. Strengths i. Naturalistic approach ii. Subjective and contextual understanding iii. Flexible research design b. Weaknesses i. Generalizability ii. Reliability and validity iii. Efficiency 10. Be generally familiar with the research studies conducted by Robert Smith and by Jessica Vasquez on assimilation experiences of Mexican Americans. Also, be generally familiar with the research conducted by Snow and Anderson on the homeless. a. How do different generations of Mexican American families develop a sense of racial identity i. In-depth interviews with members of 29 three-generation families that were predominantly middle-class ii. Identity varied by family and generation 1. Some families characterized by “thinned attachment,” whereby racial/ethnic identity declines over time
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2. Others characterized by “cultural maintenance,” in which they maintain Spanish language and other cultural practices b. Snow and Anderson i. 11. Know the difference between grounded theory, narrative analysis, and conversation analysis. a. Grounded theory: objective is to develop theory from data, emphasized peoples’ actions and voices as sources of data b. Narrative analysis: objective is to examine the structure, meaning and other characteristic of stories, used to analyze literary works, interviews and other data c. Conversation analysis: objective is to analyze the structure, sequencing, word choice and other characteristics of conversations, may be based on video and or audio recordings 12. Know the steps involved in preparing qualitative data for analysis. a. Transforming the data to readable text i. Record field notes from field jottings ii. Transcribe interviews b. Editing and cleaning the data i. Check for and resolve errors c. Managing and storing the data i. May be organized by attribute coding ii. Store data in a physical or electronic filing system 13. Understand the difference between taxonomy and typology and how they are used in qualitative data analysis. a. Taxonomy is a system of ordered classification b. Typologies are a representation of findings based on the interrelationship between two or more ideas, concepts or variables 14. What is unobtrusive research? How does it differ from the other types of research that we have studied?
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