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Title Basics of qualitative research
Course number 3068
Programme 0-Inte del av forskarutbildningsprogram
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2018-09-24 -- 2018-10-05
Responsible KI department Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning, Södersjukhuset
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to teach participants how to identify different theoretical and philosophical starting points for qualitative inquiry and how to select the most appropriate qualitative methodology for a research questio. Furthermore, to enable to write an academic qualitative proposal in the participant's field of interest from research question to ethical consideration, to critically appraise a qualitative paper and compare with quantitative ones in different aspects and finally to evaluate the ethical considerations in a qualitative study.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course the participants will be able:
1. To describe different theoretical starting points for qualitative inquiry
2. To apply knowledge of qualitative research methods for discussing rationales for the design of the qualitative inquiry
3. To critically compare of qualitative and quantitative research (basic assumptions of the qualitative research paradigm as it compares to the quantitative paradigm)
4. To describe the common essential elements of qualitative research including; How to select the appropriate: qualitative research methods based on phenomenon of interest setting for data collection, study participants, data generation strategies (including individual interviews, focus group discussion, written narratives, participants observation and field notes) and data analysis method
5. To critically comment on/evaluate the weaknesses and strengths of the studies (published papers) using qualitative research in terms of research question, aim and method
6. To design a qualitative research proposal in the field of health
Contents of the course The course will provide some of the most important information which students need to understand and implement successful qualitative research methods (including the common essential elements of qualitative research). In addition the course will provide step by step guidance to examine and apply current qualitative methodologies as a way to generate, manage, analysis qualitative data and moreover, ethical considerations. The course will start with the definition of qualitative research, basic assumptions and characteristics of qualitative research in comparison to quantitative research. Following that will be the notion of some common essential elements in qualitative methods such as: selecting the methods based on phenomenon of interest, using the literature review, choosing the setting for data collection, selecting participants, generating data and content analysis. After that, practical principle to do qualitative inquiry will be addressed. Finally ethical considerations in qualitative research will be explained.
Teaching and learning activities The learning activities on the course are a mix of lectures, discussions, individual and group work, interviews, seminars, field observation and individual presentations.
Compulsory elements Active participation in the class discussions, individual and group assignment (individual and group interview and field observation), written assignment (an abstract of a qualitative proposal) and student presentations is mandatory. Compensation according to the instructions of the course director, which means absence in less than 2 lectures is acceptable and should be compensated for by an individual project related to that particular session.
Examination Formative assessment (feedback and coaching) during Peer learning activity, critique of a qualitative paper, individual and group presentation. Summative assessment in connection to oral presentations (50%) and of a written examination and individual qualitative study proposal (50%).
Literature and other teaching material Well-known reference books in the field of qualitative research: Morse JM, Field PA. Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals. Sage Pubns; 1995. Burns N, Grove SK. Understanding Nursing Research. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2003. Streubert Helen JCDR. Qualitative Research in Nursing: Advancing the Humanistic Imperative. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. Polit DFBCT. Nursing Research principles and methods. Philadelphia: Lippincott; 2004 Some recentl original publications from the field of qualitative research will be provided on the first day of the course.
Number of students 15 - 30
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information The course vill be held with lectures at the hospital and group work at optional places
Additional course leader
Earlier evaluation of the course Not available
Course responsible Hamid Khankeh
Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning, Södersjukhuset

hamid.khankeh@ki.se

Sjukhusbacken 10
118 83

Stockholm
Contact person Jeanette Öhrman
Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning, Södersjukhuset
08-524 875 16
jeanette.ohrman@ki.se