Introduction to Qualitative Research

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Research in psychology can be generally divided in to two major types: Quantitative Qualitative To be it simply, quantiative research deals in investigating human behaviour by looking at numbers and statistics. Experiments, correlational studies, and meta-analyses are some of the quantitative methods used in Psychology. Quantitative research often tries to investigate cause and effects, or correlations between factors and behaviour. Qualitative …

Semi-structured Interviews

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Semi-Structured Interview The key to understanding how a semi-structured interview is carried out is to look at the name: it’s semi-structured. This means it has some structure, but there’s freedom. The structure in this interview method comes in the form of the interview guide that is planned beforehand. This guide includes the general themes or topics that the researcher wants …

Qualitative Methodology Glossary

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Glossary of Key Terms – Qualitative Methodology Audience effects: this is how a passive audience can influence someone’s performance on a task. For instance, during an observation, the presence of the researchers may influence the behaviour of the subjects. Contextual description: a detailed account of contextual factors that may influence the interpretation and analysis of the data. Examples of contextual …

Observation Considerations

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What you need to know… There a range of factors that researchers must consider when they are planning, settting up and carrying out observational research. Here are just some of these factors. Audience Effect: this is when people get nervous about doing an activity while others are watching. This is also a factor that influences bystanderism (some people are reluctant to help …

Conducting Interviews (12 HL)

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What you need to do… Imagine you are doing some research. You are to write 7 interview questions that you will ask of someone else in the classroom.  Possible topics to interview about include: Hobbies Travel Relationships Music Sports School   Show me once you have written your questions. You will then find someone to interview.   Task Two… What questions …

Observation Considerations (HL)

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What you need to know… When setting up and carrying out an observation in qualitative research there are many things that the researchers must consider (i.e. think about). You need to be able to identify what these specific considerations are and explain why they’re relevant in the particular context of the study. Considerations may be related to: Ethics Researcher bias …