May 17, 2015

1st Group meeting summary

What a great first meeting we had! I genuinely enjoyed myself and had great discussions with other colleagues. The 75 minutes meeting was very smooth and productive. The 9 attendees discussed their research as well as the format and goal of the support group.

You can listen to the meeting's recording here and read about the YouTube video here

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Introducing the Group and its goals, followed by a discussion on the formula and regularity of meetings.

Asima, who also provided us with a list of book recommendations, triggered a lively discussion on Ontology & Epistemology. The discussion is going to continue on our next meeting. Make sure you are present for that!

The book recommendations are further discussed here.

Another great discussion on Data Collection took place, with everybody chipping in. We all presented out data collection duration and how we managed our schedules.

Interview transcriptions were also discussed, with colleagues sharing their experiences in using transcribing software (namely NVivo). A coming up meeting will include detailed discussions and tips on using NVivio.

Self-reflection was also discussed and the matter of keeping a personal diary. Some suggested keeping track of your work, others suggested going back to your old material and reflect on it.

A closing discussion included the possibility of help from the department. The idea is that the department offered to provide us with workshop and one-on-one support on key research-related topics, such as using NVivo and SPSS. A group of students who are interested in such help can request formal support from the department. The CESPHD support group will help facilitate this request.

Looking forward to our next meeting! Make sure you are present so you don’t miss out.


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  1. Michelle Evans

    Hey guys – I’ve also been using Cohen, Manion and Morrison (2011) Research Methods in Education – I think it’s the one Michael Hammond had shown us in ARM and its an e – book which is very useful. http://lib.myilibrary.com/Open.aspx?id=459890&src=0

    Its generally useful but I’ve been using it for Case Studies and it hasn’t really helped to answer my question – how do I decide what a case is – I need a detailed working example I think – so I’m going to use Yin.

    22 May 2015, 12:20

  2. Mohammad Waseem Sandouk

    I found Yin to be the most helpful in Case Study; the great value about Yin is that his method is much very step-by-step. So, it starts with helping you decide wether Case Study is right for your research, then choose the number of cases, then how to select cases, then select them, then decide on what to explore about them, how the data will be collected and so on. That’s why I bought his book and kept it next to me when i was writing the methodology chapter. I suspect I wll be returning to it very often.
    I know I shouldn’t over rely on Yin as his book is very generic. I really should check Cohen, Manion and Morrison since their book is aimed at educational research.

    22 May 2015, 14:56


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