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5. A reflective researcher with skills in:
(b) Conducting research

Qualitative Research

Question for Tuesday, July 06, 1999

If you were asked to name the three most important things to remember when giving interviews, what would they be?

  1. Prepare well, allowing adequate time to plan and revise.
  2. Keep your questions simple and direct, but open-ended.
  3. Avoid leading questions.

Question for Wednesday, July 07, 1999

In what ways is the portrayal of meaning in complex data enhanced through the use of visual representations of qualitative models?

Visual representations:

  1. simultaneously represent coexisting realities;
  2. illustrate multiple layers of meaning;
  3. stimulate a wider variety of neural processes;
  4. balance textual and visual interpretations;
  5. add extra dimensions of interpretation;
  6. provide a source of new thoughts, different ways of thinking

Question for Thursday, July 08, 1999

How can anyone know that given qualitative research results are trustworthy and are safe to put into practice?

Validity, reliability and ethics: (Merriam p218,219)

1. Internal Validity - congruence with reality

2. Reliability - consistency with findings

3. External Validity - generalizability

4. Ethics


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