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ERIC Number: ED314344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-31
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Learning: Experiences of A Qualitative Research Class. AERA Presentation Scripts.
Glesne, C.; And Others
Twelve graduate students from a variety of fields who were enrolled in a qualitative research class met in an informal setting that facilitated a collaborative learning mode--defined in this presentation as a method of group interaction whereby all members learn from each other's experiences, scholarship, and skills. The first of the six papers making up this document gives a general introduction to the project. As individuals and as a group, members work on a tangible end product such as a book or a series of articles. The process, however, is perhaps more important than the product. The students chose seven focal topics to guide their meetings: (1) interviewing, (2) writing, (3) politics, (4) ethics, (5) gaining access, (6) participant observation, and (7) data analysis. All but the first two are discussed by the students. Their thoughts on how the collaborative learning process helped them work through these topics and related them to their own qualitative research are insightful and could be of use to a novice qualitative researcher. Five themes became apparent to the students: (1) learning collaboratively develops camaraderie; (2) learning collaboratively does not eliminate the anxiety associated with doing qualitative research, but it does moderate, redirect, and make use of that anxiety; (3) humor plays a vital role in the collaborative process; (4) the process is evolutionary in nature and takes time; and (5) diversity contributes positvely to collaboration. The five remaining papers were contributed by members of the group and provide varying personal perspectives on the experience. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A