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ERIC Number: EJ789725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Focus Groups in Qualitative Research: Culturally Sensitive Methodology for the Arabian Gulf?
Thomas, Andrew
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v31 n1 p77-88 Apr 2008
This article explores whether focus groups can constitute a culturally sensitive method of data gathering for educational leadership, management and related areas in a Gulf-Arab cultural context. Reviewing the literature on focus groups and cross-cultural psychology for the Arab region, it identifies key notions related to societal values such as collectivity, in-group membership, consultation, consensus, harmony and communication style, which support the use of focus groups in this context. This has implications for how research, and mixed-method research in particular, is enacted within the region and is relevant for research in the wider Arab world and potentially other societal cultures seen as collective. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A