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Psychology 808

PSYC 808: Qualitative Research Methods

Prerequisites: Admission into PsyD program or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

This course will include examinations of qualitative (including pure qualitative and mixed methods) approaches to research and analysis.  The course will provide an introduction to research and analysis.  The course will provide an introduction to the conceptual and methodological features that distinguish qualitative research from other empirical approaches.  Ways to use qualitative methods to supplement quantitative approaches, and vice versa, will be discussed.

 

Detailed Description of Course

This course may include the following topics:

I.       Basic principles of qualitative research design

II.      Practical and ethical considerations

III.     Cultural and social justice considerations including  rural issues

IV.     History of qualitative research in psychology

V.      Qualitative and mixed methods approaches to data collection and analysis

VI.     The impact of the researcher on the process of data collection and analysis

VII.    Data management

VIII.   Evaluating qualitative research

IX.     Writing qualitative research manuscripts

 

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will include examinations of qualitative (including pure qualitative and mixed methods) approaches to research and analysis. The course will provide an introduction to the conceptual and methodological features that distinguish qualitative research from other empirical approaches. Ways to use qualitative methods to supplement quantitative approaches and vice versa will be discussed. Students will be involved in designing a qualitative /mixed methods project and analyzing data. Extensive reading will be involved and students will design a qualitative or mixed methods study.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the end of this course the student should be able to:

1. Understand the most important theoretical and methodological approaches to qualitative (and mixed method) research in psychology.

2.  Learn how to use fundamental qualitative (and mixed method) research methods in an ethical and appropriate manner.

3.  Learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative (and mixed method) data.

4. Think creatively about qualitative (and mixed method) research design and analysis issues.

5. Critically examine one’s own personal and professional values related to the topics being researched.

 

Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed using several measures which may include grades on written assignments for participation in group discussion and experiential activities and performance on the project.

 

Other Course Information

None

 

Review and Approval

December 2007