ERIC Number: EJ1119891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Focusing on What Counts: Using Exploratory Focus Groups to Enhance the Development of an Electronic Survey in a Mixed-Methods Research Design
Galliott, Natal'ya; Graham, Linda J.
Australian Educational Researcher, v43 n5 p567-585 Nov 2016
This paper illustrates the use of exploratory focus groups to inform the development of a survey instrument in a sequential phase mixed-methods study investigating differences in secondary students' career choice capability. Five focus groups were conducted with 23 Year 10 students in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Analysis of the focus group data helped inform the design of the instrument for the second phase of the research project: a large-scale cross-sectional survey. In this paper, we discuss the benefits of using focus groups as an initial exploratory phase in a sequential phase mixed-method design and demonstrate how the findings from this initial exploratory phase informed the development of the survey questionnaire to be used in the main phase of the research. The paper will be of interest to researchers considering the use of exploratory qualitative methods to enhance the quantitative phase in a mixed-methods study.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Research Design, Online Surveys, Career Choice, Secondary School Students, Decision Making Skills, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Test Construction, Student Surveys, Action Research, Participatory Research, Foreign Countries, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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