New online teaching resource on qualitative methods
Article dated: 4 June 2010
ESDS Qualidata has recently completed a second online teaching resource which complements the existing popular and successful 'Exploring diverse interview types'. This new resource, 'Exploring non-interview methods', provides instructors and students with support materials and examplars for teaching qualitative methods.
The first section explores the focus group method, which involves small focused discussions facilitated by a moderator, and generates qualitative data through the dynamic group interaction. The second section looks at the use of diaries as a research tool to capture rich, detailed qualitative data which access personal meanings and understandings. Online data collection is the focus of the third section. This relatively new method which exploits digital technologies and the internet, allows researchers to access data which has already been published online, and reach groups that are geographically dispersed or otherwise inaccessible. The final section of this teaching resource addresses the use of visual methods. Visual methods can be used for the generation of primary data, such as films or photographs; as a secondary resource, for example studying family photos, historical pictures, media images etc.; or as an elicitation tool within other methods.
These teaching resources exhibit some of ESDS Qualidata’s most interesting qualitative collections and show how these can be used in secondary analysis, particularly for teaching. Both resources are now freely available online, are downloadable as PDF documents and are also available to print out in their entirety.