ERIC Number: ED429495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-28
Linking Research and Teaching in Qualitative Courses.
Mullen, Carol A.
This paper presents an approach to the improvement of qualitative research courses in graduate schools, based on the case study of a graduate class. The study sought to link research to teaching through a qualitative research workshop. The course was developed to promote two goals: (1) community-building among graduate researchers, and (2) creative flexibility in how data is interpreted, and employs the use of conventional (systematic, analytical, and exploratory) and alternative (artistic, interpretive, and impressionistic) approaches to present qualitative data. Twenty-two graduate students from various fields participated in a classroom study in 1998 of a research workshop that included reflection on alternative data sources and techniques such as collages, poems, videos/films, photographs, stories, and conversations. It is argued that experimental forms of inquiry can advance the research workshop as a place for stimulating fresh ideas that engage the qualitative development of graduate students and their texts, and can provide a context and methodology for studying and guiding collaborative, self-directed learning. Students' comments from course evaluations indicated that they benefitted from the quality of the course experience, interpersonal growth, professional and intellectual development, and creative experimentation. (Contains 27 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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