Qualitative Research in Educational Settings

Materials supporting Research Methods in Educational Settings

Catalogue Description of Soc 110: Basic understanding of participant observation, interviewing, and other ethnographic research techniques through field experiences in school, college, and community settings. Students will learn to take field notes, write up interviews, and compose interpretive essays based on their field experiences.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the theoretical and practical concerns that guide qualitative research
  • Understand how to generate and frame a sociological research question
  • Learn how to do qualitative fieldwork in an ethical manner
  • Practice use of interview techniques
  • Become skilled at strategies for analyzing qualitative data, including coding
  • Think creatively and collaboratively about qualitative research design
  • Use your empirical research and scholarly literature to write a final paper in the basic format of a social science journal article

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Daniel Davis, PhD
Daniel Davis, PhD

Dr. Davis earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of California San Diego. He teaches in the sociology department at San Diego State University. Davis is the author of a book and multiple journal articles on higher education and work. Dr. Davis has mentored dozens of students to graduate school programs, and provides academic coaching to private clients. His Curriculum Vitae and more information can be found at www.danieldavis.net.

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