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224.690.01 Qualitative Research Theory and Methods

Department:
International Health
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Caitlin Kennedy
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Description:

This course prepares students to conduct independent qualitative research. It focuses on skill competencies for developing, implementing, and critiquing qualitative data collection methods in domestic and international settings. It is designed to be taken sequentially with 224.691 (Qualitative Data Analysis) and, for those interested in gaining practical skills in actually conducting qualitative research, with 224.697-99 (Qualitative Practicum series).

Introduces practical skills for conducting qualitative research in domestic and international settings. Provides an overview of theoretical foundations of qualitative research and different methodologies for qualitative inquiry, including programmatic qualitative research, grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, narrative analysis, and case studies. Enables students to develop, interpret, and evaluate three common qualitative data collection methods: in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observation. Emphasizes understanding the basic principles and techniques critical for conduct, including question formation, tool design, sampling, data generation, ethics, and quality. Critically assesses the use of qualitative methods in the published health literature.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify epistemological differences between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms
  2. Differentiate between various methodologies for qualitative inquiry, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, narrative analysis, and case studies
  3. Formulate appropriate qualitative research questions and study designs
  4. Describe and use multiple methods for the collection of qualitative data, including interviews, focus groups, and observation
  5. Articulate the relative appropriateness of different types of data collection for a particular study
  6. Discuss issues related to data quality and strategies for improving data quality
  7. Describe ethical adaptations necessary when conducting research in other cultural and linguistic settings
Methods of Assessment:

Memo assignment - interview feedback 10%
Quizzes 40%;
Final exam 50%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course does not offer a fieldwork component. Students interested in managing and analyzing qualitative data are encouraged to take the sequel course: 224.691.01 Qualitative Data Analysis