Today’s class is all about the characteristics of QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.

Why am I taking this class despite the fact my previous Masters’ research was very much QUALITATIVE (which was not too long ago..last year)?

I need this "stimulus" to put me into work.

I wonder if I can juggle my time: PXHD class, PhD proposal, Training Work, Research Work and Tutoring

Oh well, complains aside. Move on to what I learn.

1. I have identified that my method / design chosen for my PhD research is CASE STUDY…or maybe NOT. Okay, need to check on that one up.

2. My choice will be 70% qualitative and 30% quantitative

3. My percentage choice is loosely based on my Research Questions and Objectives

4. Triangulation is NOT possible for a mixed-method because QUALITATIVE techniques e.g. interviewing 5 samples of a group A cannot represent QUANTITATIVE techniques e.g. survey questionnaire given to the whole of group A

5. QUALITATIVE method provides deeper understanding on a concept.

6. DESCRIPTION is most important for QUALITATIVE. The THICK, RICH description reflects validity and reliability of the research. To ensure THICK, RICH description, one has to be consistent on data collection and also the analysis of the data. (This is something I most enjoyed but yet takes up time)

7. Emic perspective is POV from the sample-people who you are researching about

8. Member checking, peer debriefing are ways to validate strategies. (did do that–peer debriefing)

9. When you research and teach the sample at the same time, it can be proven quite difficult as some things tend to be taken for granted. ( As for me, I finds it easier for me to collect data as I immersed myself in pool of samples. Maybe it is because, I prefer to be in the situation and I tend to notice more when I teach. Again this is an individual opinion )

10. In QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, Conceptual framework, Methods, Objectives can be "moved" or effected or changed. I am not referring to TIDAL type. More like corrosion type…it goes slow.

11. You have to be OPEN minded when it comes to QUALITATIVE research.

12. Examples of verbs commonly used to reflect QUALITATIVE elements are "to better understand..", "to describe…", "to understand from … "

13. When one is FORMULATING RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Here are a few examples
— How has the change in the organisational structure affected accounting practices
— Are there any changes?
— Why were there changes?
— How did the changes occur?
— What are the changes?

14. Read Cresswell, and Sharan Merriam

15. I have 2 assignments (1. to provide a weekly report on the 2 articles in relation to what have been discussed in the current week 2. a 70% assignment)


~~watching Full Metal Alchemist
~~drinking Carrot Juice


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