ERIC Number: EJ836917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Using Qualitative Research Methods in Higher Education
Savenye, Wilhelmina C.; Robinson, Rhonda S.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v16 n2 p65-95 Mar 2005
Researchers investigating issues related to computing in higher education are increasingly using qualitative research methods to conduct their investigations. However, they may have little training or experience in qualitative research. The purpose of this paper is to introduce researchers to the appropriate use of qualitative methods. It begins by describing how qualitative research is defined, key characteristics of qualitative research, and when to consider using these methods. The paper then provides an overview of how to conduct qualitative studies, including steps in planning the research, selecting data collection methods, analyzing data, and reporting research findings. The paper concludes with suggestions for enhancing the quality of qualitative studies.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Educational Research, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Guidelines
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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