Title

Qualitative Research within the Context of a Technical University: Perspectives of Members of Faculty

Location

3049

Format Type

Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

January 2016

End Date

January 2016

Abstract

This study seeks to investigate the perspectives of members of Faculty employed at a Technical University on the place of qualitative research within that context. The study gains importance amidst conversations about the apparent dissonance between the methodological paradigm of qualitative research that is more relativistic and subjective and the philosophical and operational paradigm of technical universities that is more objective. The research is qualitative in nature and will gather the data needed through interviews and focus groups. Focus groups will be used to explore the thoughts of faculty members on the place of qualitative research within the context of a technical University and to gain an understanding on how this research approach can be and has been used within the context. Interviews will then be used to gain deeper insights into participants thinking and to understand the individual perspectives of Faculty members who have been engaging in qualitative research. Data will be analyzed using thematic analysis.

Key words: Qualitative Research; Technical University

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Qualitative Research within the Context of a Technical University: Perspectives of Members of Faculty

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This study seeks to investigate the perspectives of members of Faculty employed at a Technical University on the place of qualitative research within that context. The study gains importance amidst conversations about the apparent dissonance between the methodological paradigm of qualitative research that is more relativistic and subjective and the philosophical and operational paradigm of technical universities that is more objective. The research is qualitative in nature and will gather the data needed through interviews and focus groups. Focus groups will be used to explore the thoughts of faculty members on the place of qualitative research within the context of a technical University and to gain an understanding on how this research approach can be and has been used within the context. Interviews will then be used to gain deeper insights into participants thinking and to understand the individual perspectives of Faculty members who have been engaging in qualitative research. Data will be analyzed using thematic analysis.

Key words: Qualitative Research; Technical University