Course: Methods of a qualitative and an action research

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Course title Methods of a qualitative and an action research
Course code KPSY/XMQAR
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 10
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Hošpesová Alena, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) the aproaches of the qualitative research (anchored theory, narrative telling and stories, classical ethnography, ..), 2) procedures in the qualitative research, their pros and cons compared with the traditional quantitative methods, 3) research questions suitable to apply the qualitative research to find the corresponding answers, 4) various methods of the qualitative data gaining (i.e. individual/common interview; pedagogical diaries; reflections report, ...), weaknesses of each of the approaches, 5) data processing (using tables for instance), various possibilities of a conclusion deduction, 6) opportunities and limits of an action research, 7) possibilities of using of combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods in an action research. 8) final workshop, defenses of projects.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
An objective of the course is to enable students:(a) to acquaint with various ways of the qualitative research (anchored theory, narrative telling and stories, classical ethnography, ..),(b) to understand various procedures of the qualitative research and to be able to consider all pros and cons of each of these methods compared with the traditional quantitative methods,(c) to understand which research questions are suitable to apply qualitative research to find the corresponding answers,(d) to learn various methods of the qualitative data gaining (i.e. individual/common interview; pedagogical diaries; reflections report, ...) and to understand weaknesses of each of the approaches,(e) to know how to organize data (using tables for instance) and to be able to find various possibilities of a conclusion deduction,(f) to understand opportunities and limits of an action research, (g) to familiarize with possibilities of using of combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods in an action research.Students study will be directed towards processing of tenable and realizable project of qualitative or action research related to the topic of the student's dissertation. It is necessary to exactly give a way of gaining, summarization and analysis of qualitative data. The project must be discussed and defended in the final workshop.
A student will be able to individually realize a project of qualitative or action research. From the gaining to the analysis of the corresponding qualitative data.
Prerequisites
pasive knowledge of English

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Essay, Student performance assessment

A project of the qualitative/action research.
Recommended literature
  • BOGDAN, R.C, BIKLEN, S.K. Qualitative Research in Education. An Introduction to Theory and Methods. Third Edition. Needham Heights : A Viacom Company, 1998. 276 s..
  • DENZIN, N.K. & LINCOLN, Y.S. The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, 2005. 1142 s..
  • ELLIOTT, J. Educational Action Research. 1993..
  • HENDL, J. Kvalitativní výzkum. Praha : Portál, 2005. 408 s..
  • KELLY, E. & LESH, R. (EDS.). Handbook of research design in mathematics and science education. Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates , 2000..
  • MARSHALL, C. & ROSSMAN, G.B. Designing Qualitative Research, Sage Publications, 1998..
  • NEZVALOVÁ, L. Akční výzkum ve škole. Pedagogika, 53, 2003. č. 3, 300-308..
  • ŠVAŘÍČEK, R., ŠEĎOVÁ, K. A KOL. Kvalitativní výzkum v pedagogických vědách. Praha : Portál, 2007. 374 stran..


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Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Information and communication technology in education (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -