How did your view of qualitative research change or not based on discussion tonight? What about reducing bias in research?
I still do have some apprehensions concerning engaging in qualitative research analysis. My concern centers around the correct method(s) in coding the responses to the surveys and questions of the individuals involved in the research study. I will be getting some experience as I will be using the research study that I started during the previous semester. I have been reading the articles assigned for week four and I have been able to relate to some of the challenges and tasks that I will need to be aware of in the coming days. I think the challenges related to my study are related to the make-up of the 6 individuals that I interviewed for the qualitative study. There are a number of things that I will need to recall as it relates to how each of the individuals answered the survey questions based on their individual experiences in conduction instructional design tasks.
I see that I have a lot to consider when I am conducting a qualitative research study. I will need to consider many variables. In the article entitled “Critical CinéEthnographic Methods: A new dimension for capturing the experience of learning” (Gratch & Warren), the discussion focuses on the use of audio and video to capture the interview content. One of the key benefits of the audio/video capture is that the analysis process will not be inhibited since the content can be reviewed over and over again. With the help of multiple evaluators, the qualitative analysis can become much deeper and richer as each of the evaluators employ each of their expertise in the analysis process. When each of the evaluators work together as a team to share their results and perspectives there will be expanded insights into the overall evaluation results.
The concept of minimizing bias in qualitative research is one that I see as taking time and experience. The process of minimizing personal bias in a qualitative research study appears to be a difficult task. If just one person is conducting the study, I can see where personal bias will be difficult to contain. However, when there are multiple evaluators these biases may be easily detected, unless everyone of the evaluators are equally biased. I guess that the ultimate goal is to eliminate all personal bias but minimizing bias to the fullest extent possible may be the next best outcome. Ultimately with what bias exists, this must have minimal impact on the declared findings and results. If there are professional and experienced evaluators, they should be able and capable of identifying biased results.
Gratch, J., & Warren, S., (No Date). Critical CinéEthnographic methods: a new dimension for capturing the experience of learning. 1-26.