QUALITATIVE RESEARCH I: THEORY AND METHODS Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesBy the end of the semester-long course students should be able to: (1) identify epistemological differences between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms; (2) differentiate between various approaches to qualitative inquiry, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, and narrative and case study approaches; (3) formulate appropriate qualitative research questions and design a qualitative research study; (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 adaptations necessary when conducting research in other cultural and linguistic settings.
First of a two-term sequence (with 224.691), which introduces students to qualitative research and provide them with practical skills for conducting research in domestic and international settings. Provides an overview of theoretical foundations of qualitative research and different approaches to qualitative inquiry, including programmatic qualitative research, grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, and narrative and case study approaches. Covers how to formulate qualitative research questions and how to design a qualitative research study. Provides description and practice in different qualitative data collection methods, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observation. To develop qualitative research skills, the course includes a significant group project component where students design and conduct hands-on local fieldwork projects, which must go through school ethical review and approval.
Those interested in getting a general introduction to the theory, methods and analytical approaches to qualitative research.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on participation, and group and individual assignments related to fieldwork projects. These include (1) research questions, interview guide, and consent form; (2) two in-depth interviews; and (3) focus group or observation.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
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