ERIC Number: ED370912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Holistic Perspectives on the Teaching of Qualitative Research Methods.
Dana, Nancy Fichtman; Dana, Thomas M.
A course was created at Pennsylvania State University to support graduate students in the field of education as they struggle with integrating the many fragmented perspectives developed over the course of graduate study into an integrative perspective that thoughtfully informs their qualitative dissertation research inquiry. The course presents the view that it is essential for the researcher to understand the beliefs, values, and life experiences that the researcher brings to the act of research. The course views learning as a developmental and constructive process, involving both the affective and cognitive domains, and the teacher's role to help students come to know themselves and understand the ways in which one's personal view of the world contributes to and constrains one's inquiry. With a focus on experiential, self-guided learning, the course consists of multiple special projects and individual as well as cooperative and interactive group activities. Learning about qualitative inquiry is nurtured through developing a community of learners, articulating a values continuum, discussing moral dilemmas/case studies, and participating in role play. A copy of the course syllabus is appended, followed by a 20-item "Qualitative Research Human Scavenger Hunt" for students to use in getting to know other class members. (Contains 27 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).