Qualitative Methods AE

Subject EDUC90176 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours for internal mode students. External mode students can expect a total workload of approximately 240 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: Approaches to the collection, display and analysis of qualitative data in education and social program evaluation are examined using current evaluations as models. Topics include: orientations to, and criticisms of, qualitative approaches; planning qualitative data collection using particular strategies and methods of data collection (such as interviews, focus groups, participant observation, case study, story telling and document analysis, and the use of visual media); the use of systematic methods of data reduction, display and content analysis (using both hand methods and appropriate computer packages); and issues of the rigour and trustworthiness of conclusions drawn from qualitative analysis. Methods by which qualitative findings can be reported to various audiences are also considered.
Objectives: On completion of this subject it is expected that students should be able to;
  • understand how evaluation/research questions and appropriate data management techniques are linked;
  • select and apply a range of key qualitative data collection techniques; and
  • undertake simple management, analysis and report writing using small-scale qualitative data sets.
Assessment: Two assignments equivalent to 4,000 words each (8,000 words in total 100 per cent).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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