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Hardcore Qualitative Research Methods with Michael Scriven

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with Dr. Michael Scriven

March 28 & 29, 10 am - 1 pm (Pacific)

Brief review and reconsideration of the usual elements of qualitative methodology: observation, document analysis, case studies, interviews, focus groups, grounded theory, etc. Extended analysis of the arguments for qualitative and against quantitative approaches, e.g., the usual critiques of positivism, empiricism, objectivity, etc., by qualitative theorizers. Application of ‘tough-minded tolerance’ approach (a.k.a. ‘hard-core’ approach) to basic qualitative concepts, using a pre-publication version of the latest and perhaps the best qualitative text—Bob Stake’s Qualitative Research—as the focus.

with Dr. Michael Scriven

April 4 & 5, 2009, 10 am - 1 pm (Pacific)

Here we apply the basic hard-core approach from the introductory course to the most advanced controversies in research methodology: the analysis of causation, explanation, and generalization. Finally we sketch an analysis of empathy, meaning, ambiguity, subjectivity, free choice, values, and judgment—and consider the implications for the nature of the social sciences and evaluation.

These courses will be taught in a live "virtual classroom" setting for 2 days, 3 hours per session. The courses are open to participants from anywhere on the globe.

The program is designed to be completed from a distance with the aid of electronic video and voice contact, electronic whiteboard, and asynchronous access to the recordings of each class.

We are pleased to be able to offer these courses to a limited group of participants for the low cost of $250 per person for Part A (March 28-29) and $400 per person for Parts A & B (March 28-29 and April 4-5).

Technology Requirements: Speakers necessary. Computer microphone and webcam a plus.

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