Welcome to An Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Description: As the study of many scientific, technological and educational processes touches upon human beings and society, qualitative research methods are important tools for approaching the understanding and interpretation of these phenomena. Although reseaching qualities is part of the way in which different natural sciences and fields of engineering address some of their objects of study, the dominance of quantitative methods is dominant in these fields. The qualitative research methodologies addressed in this course are rooted in the traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The palette of qualitative methodologies is broad and its uses are varied in diverse fields of research. The course is specially designed for students in the first year of their studies. The course is suitable for students whose project is at the
intersection of sciences and technology, and the human/social fields as the object of study and concern involves people and their relation with science and technology.
The course aims at: Offering an overview of the main assumptions and issues at stake when carrying qualitative research. Providing a frame for discussing the students’ own methodological design. Providing feedback on students’ problems and necessities regarding their methodological design when involving qualitative research methods.
The course is organized in four thematic blocks that will be distributed during the three days. The blocks are:
1. The rationality of qualitative research. This block addresses the issue of why qualitative methodologies have emerged, and what is their range of appropriateness for the study of phenomena where humans are the focus.
2. Essentials of qualitative research. This block intends to invite participants into a hands-on experience of two basic methods in qualitative research, namely observation and interviewing.
3. Research design. This block intends to reflect on the participants projects from the point of view of the consistency between their questions and methodological design.
4. Criteria of quality for qualitative research. This block introduces the discussion of what may count as quality of qualitative research methodologies and methods, and how this discussion relates to the participants' projects.

Organizer: Professor Paola Valero, email paola@learning.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Paola Valero


Time: 12 - 14 March, 2014, 9:00-16:00

Place: Aalborg University,  Niels Jernes Vej 12A/6-104

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 19 February, 2014