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Qual Methods

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CCTP-808 Qualitative Research MethodsSUMMER 2012 GEORGETOWN CCTMonday and Wednesday, 6pm
9:10pmWalsh 494ADr. Katy Pearcekep63@georgetown.eduOffice hours in CarBarn 300 on Monday (3:30pm-5pm) and by appointment (or Skype/Google chat)
Description
: This course is an introduction and overview of qualitative research methods--an umbrella term that includes an array of techniques typically used to describe, code, and interpret naturalistic research. The courseexamines the role of theory in guiding the design and analysis of qualitative data. As such, it explores a variety of qualitative approaches in communication studies, taking into account issues of epistemology (different ways of knowing), methodology (ways of examining), and representation (ways of writing and reporting). The course ismore of a practicum to help students learn about different approaches and to acquire an array of skills for usingvarious techniques, including qualitative interviews, participant observation, sampling, and ethnographic fieldnotes and various forms of data analysis (e.g., thematic analysis, constant comparison methods, narrative analysis,language and discourse analysis, and computer assisted data analysis).As this is an intensive summer course, things will move quickly. Please ensure that you have sufficient time tocomplete the readings and assignments.
Course Objectives:
 
To learn about the foundations of qualitative methods;
 
To become familiar with a variety of approaches for doing qualitative research;
 
To learn how to design and conduct a qualitative research project;
 
To gain skills in drafting research questions, observing situations, conducting interviews, and developingcoding techniques;
 
To develop criteria for evaluating qualitative research, assessing the rigor of it, and understanding itsapplication.
Readings
: We will also read theoretical pieces and exemplars of qualitative research that illustrate particularforms of data collection, types of analyses, ethical issues, and qualitative approaches.Nearly all of the readings are from three books, available from Amazon, the bookstore, and the library.
 Academic integrity
: All students are expected to adhere to GU’s academic integrity and code of conduct policies.
This includes plagiarism. This is a serious topic and all assignments will be reviewed for integrity. Pleasefamiliarize yourself with these policies.
 Accommodations
: Students with disabilities should register with GU’s Academic Resource Center
(arc@georgetown.edu) and meet with the instructor about accommodations.
 Assignments
:Research Practicum. Throughout the class you will be asked to present short written assignments. These aredesigned to aid in learning the process of conducting qualitative research and include:RP1: conducting an one hour observation and writing field notes (and handing in the notes) (20%),RP2: developing an interview guide and conducting one interview (and handing in the transcript) (20%),RP3: coding a text (10%)RP4: writing up the coded text (40%)Specific guidelines for each assignment will be handed out in the class before the assignment is due. They will besubmitted via Google docs, so please create a Google account if you do not have one already.
 
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Schedule
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WEEK DATE TOPIC READING (listed in order of importance)1 M 5/21(5/23classcancelled)Introduction toqualitativeinquiryHennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2011).
Qualitative researchmethods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: The nature of qualitative research
Examples:
Marwick, A. E., & boyd, d. (2010). I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and theimagined audience.
New Media & Society 
,
13
(1), 114-133.doi:10.1177/1461444810365313
Thomson, S. (2005). “Territorialising” the primary school
playground: Deconstructing the geography of playtime.
Children’s Geographies
,
3
(1), 63-78.doi:10.1080/147332805000372242 W 5/30 Ethics Hennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2011).
Qualitative researchmethods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 4: Ethical issues in qualitative researchBerg, B. L., & Lune, H. (2012).
Qualitative research methods for thesocial sciences
(8th ed.). Boston: Pearson.Chapter 3: Ethical issuesSa 6/2(full dayworkshop)Study designworkshop (thisis a lot of reading
youmay want tostart on it early)Lindlof, T., & Taylor, B. (2010).
Qualitative communicationresearch methods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 3: Design IBerg, B. L., & Lune, H. (2012).
Qualitative research methods for thesocial sciences
(8th ed.). Boston: Pearson.Chapter 2: Designing qualitative researchHennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2011).
Qualitative researchmethods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 3: The design cycleLindlof, T., & Taylor, B. (2010).
Qualitative communicationresearch methods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 4: Design IIHennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2011).
Qualitative researchmethods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 5: Participant recruitment 3 M 6/4 Participant observation /ethnographyHennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2011).
Qualitative researchmethods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 8: Observation
 
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Berg, B. L., & Lune, H. (2012).
Qualitative research methods for thesocial sciences
(8th ed.). Boston: Pearson.Chapter 6: Ethnographic field strategiesOptional reading: Lindlof, T., & Taylor, B. (2010).
Qualitativecommunication research methods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 5: Producing data I
Examples (please read at least 2 of these):
Gray, M. L. (2009). Negotiating identities/queering desires:Coming out online and the remediation of the coming-out story.
 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
,
14
(4),1162-1189. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01485.xGray, K. L. (2011). Intersecting oppressions and onlinecommunities.
Information, Communication & Society 
,
15 
, 1-18. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2011.642401Horst, H. A. (2006). The blessings and burdens of communication:Cell phones in Jamaican transnational social fields.
Global Networks
,
6
(2), 143-159. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0374.2006.00138.x
Research practicum 1: conduct a one hour ethnographicobservation and write field notes, due 6/11, 9am
4 W 6/6 Interview Hennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2011).
Qualitative researchmethods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 6: In-depth interviewsBerg, B. L., & Lune, H. (2012).
Qualitative research methods for thesocial sciences
(8th ed.). Boston: Pearson.Chapter 4: A dramaturgical look at interviewingOptional reading: Lindlof, T., & Taylor, B. (2010).
Qualitativecommunication research methods
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Chapter 6: Producing data II
Examples (please read at least 2 of these):
Hernandez, D., Weinstein, H., & Munoz-Laboy, M. (2011). Youthperspectives on the intersections of violence, gender and hip-hop.
Youth & Society 
. doi:10.1177/0044118X11408746Dimond, J. P., Fiesler, C., & Bruckman, A. S. (2011). Domesticviolence and information communication technologies.
Interacting with Computers
,
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(5), 413-421.doi:10.1016/j.intcom.2011.04.006Williams, L. K., Veitch, J., & Ball, K. (2011). What helps children eat well? A qualitative exploration of resilience among

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