Qualitative methods are powerful tools to help educational researchers to develop theory, evaluate programmes, and design educational interventions. Using qualitative methods, you can collect in depth information that you cannot obtain with quantitative methods. Qualitative methods are used to study human behaviour and behaviour changes, which are not well captured by quantitative techniques. The purpose of this workshop is to guide researchers in designing and implementing qualitative research projects. An overview of qualitative research design will be provided along with general recommendations for developing research questions, formulating a hypothesis, analysing qualitative data, and validating the results.
By the end of the workshop, you will have a better understanding of, and be able to define and describe qualitative research methods, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative research methods, describe the data collection methods in qualitative research (interview, observation and focus group discussions) and analyse simple qualitative data.