Posted: April 3rd, 2021

Discussion 1: what about focus groups? | RSCH 8310 – Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis | Walden University

 

Required Readings

Saldaña, J. (2016). The coding manual for qualitative researchers (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 1, “An Introduction to Codes and Coding” (pp. 1–42) (previously read in Week 5)
Chapter 2, “Writing Analytic Memos About Narrative and Visual Data” (pp. 43–65) (previously read in Week 5)

Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2012). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 12, “Data Analysis in the Responsive Interviewing Model” (pp. 189–211) (previously read in Week 5)

Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 7, “An Integrative Approach to Data Analysis” (pp. 215–236) (previously read in Week 5)
Chapter 8, “Methods and Processes of Data Analysis” (pp. 237–270) (previously read in Week 5)

Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Dickinson, W. B., Leech, N. L., & Zoran, A. G. (2009). A qualitative framework for collecting and analyzing data in focus group research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(3), 1–21.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Document: Excel Video Coding Document Template (Excel spreadsheet) (previously used in Week 5)

Review this Excel template as you view this week’s media programs related to coding. Also, you will use this template for organizing your transcripts and preparing them for coding.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016). How to plan and conduct a focus group [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 15 minutes.

In this media program, observe the focus group taking place. Think about how you might plan and conduct a focus group for your research topic.

PLEASE USE REQUIRED READINGS AND PROPER CITATIONS. THANK YOU

 

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the Learning Resources related to coding, data analysis, and focus groups.
  • Review the focus group media program found in the Learning Resources and consider how you might use a focus group in collecting data for the topic of your research.

Post your explanation of:

  1. The difference between collecting data using individual interviews and a focus group (e.g., intent, selecting participants, conducting the interview or focus group)
  2. Given the topic you are currently using for your research, would you consider using a focus group for your study? Why or why not?

Be sure to support your main post and response post with reference to the week’s Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA style.
 

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