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What makes for good qualitative research?

Truth and rigor in qualitative research is highly prized. You will need to uphold the integrity of your data, ensure it is strong and also directly pertinent to the research …

Moving forward with your research idea

It’s time to consolidate what we have learnt so far and produce a short planning document for your portfolio. This document will bring together key aspects of this course in …

Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA)

So, you have gathered armloads of data. What now? With qualitative research, expect to begin your analysis as soon as your first data is collected. This process of collection and …

Interpreting your data

Meaningful analysis begins once the themes in your data have been identified. It’s important to ensure the way you interpret the theme is true to the data. In other words, …

Further learning with Deakin and Griffith

Thank you for joining in with us for Why Experience Matters, offered by Griffith University and Deakin University. We hope you enjoyed this course and found the learning materials stimulating …

Process and record keeping

Don’t jeopardise the integrity of your research. Maintain high standards each step of the way. As well as making sure your study is well-designed, your data must also be legitimate, …

Now, that’s a good question!

The quality of data drawn from your participant depends on how you structure the interview and the questions asked. Let’s find out how this is done. Carefully consider how you …

Let’s celebrate our success

You’ve made it! We’re so pleased you’ve completed the course. Congratulations. We trust you’re feeling more confident and inspired to take the next steps in your research project and can …

How to connect with people

Interviewing success hinges on your ability to build rapport with the participant to draw quality information from them. So what do we mean by ‘rapport’? You can think of it …

Active listening skills are a must

Effective interviewers know the value of active listening skills. So, what are they and why do they matter? Think for a moment about times in your life when you truly …

Collecting the data we need

The research question dictates the data collection methods you’ll need and the participants you’ll recruit. Let’s explore further. The question at the heart of qualitative research is ‘what does this …

The power of observation

Watching people in their own environment opens up opportunities to collect rich data. Using observational methods requires you to write up detailed field notes, to record what you’ve witnessed and …

Recruiting your sample

Now you’re familiar with common data collection methods, let’s consider the process of choosing participants to become involved. One of the first steps in conducting your research is to decide …

See you next week

Let’s recap briefly on what we have covered this week and look forward to what’s in store for Week 2. Congratulations on getting this far. By now you will have …

Welcome back

We’re so glad you have joined us for Week 2 and hope you’re ready to learn more about qualitative research. This week, our focus is on data collection methods, interviewing …