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ERIC Number: ED427046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 24
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Qualitative Life History Interview Methodology with Computer Assisted Analysis: Lessons Learned from the Study.
Jagielo, Linda M.
A qualitative study of Head Start teachers sought to discover their perception of the impact of their life experience upon their professional pedagogy. The study focused on long-term Head Start teachers (16 to 28 years) who began their association with the program as parents and lived and worked in the classroom. Lessons learned about the methodology of data collection and analysis, ethical issues, and research challenges are described. The researcher was the primary instrument for data collection and analysis, and the qualitative approach was a life history interviewing methodology that called for building a rapport with participants. Data were collected through interviews, observations, documents, oral notes, and the researcher's reflective journal. Particular problems were experienced in the selection and use of software and the overwhelming quantity of data to be analyzed. Ethical problems concerned the disclosure of preliminary findings to participants and the balance between not misrepresenting their stories yet delving deeply into what they had said. Five appendixes contain interview flowcharts, an interview protocol, the concept flowchart for the study, a summary of research questions, and a cross-case analysis grid. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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