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  • Less than 5 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
    4-7 lecture units
    up to 1 semester
  • English, German

Resource Description

Methods for a qualitative spatial analysis(Resource ID: 18)

The building block “Methods of qualitative spatial analysis“ presents the basics of qualitative field research. The demonstrated methods and categories for analysis are a possibility to analyze opinions or attitudes on certain issues or the behavior of people in specific situations. The methods can be used like tools in a tool box. The building block is a catalog full of ideas that you can flip through to get inspiration – the point is to find a way to approach people. Scientists have to find out what works best for them. Some parts of the building block can be printed out, so that you can take them with you to the field work. You can combine the two building blocks „Methods of qualitative spatial analysis“ and “Qualitative location analysis“.

The first part of this building block consists of qualitative research methods, the second part of conversational skills and how to conduct interviews and the third part is about the evaluation and how to write scientific papers. You do not have to read the building block from top to bottom, you can also select specific sections that are of interest to you. We suggest that you start with the parts that are most relevant to you.

The field experience has to be discussed between lecturers and students repeatedly. The students should write memos and drafts to define the key contents. Several students should do research in the same spatial field in order to obtain different subjective assessments.

The described methods should not be used on their own to form a complete course. It is recommended that you combine the methods with other topics of the course. If you want to analyze a certain topic from different perspectives this building block can be used as a basis.

The methods allow you to hear opinions that are usually not made public. This building block focuses on people and should support a well-structured presentation of subjective opinions that become more important for different research areas.

This building block can be combined with the building block "Qualitative location analysis".

Please note: The attached resources are only available in German!

Learning Outcomes
Students become aware of their own prejudices and learn to understand the opinion of others. They also learn to understand subjective attitudes and to put them into epistemic categories.
Relevance for Sustainability
The building block gives the possibility to analyze requests, desires, behavior, etc. of people with different social backgrounds. Certain spaces and topics can be considered and assessed from the people's perspective.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
High
Access
Free
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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Author

Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Manfred Omahna

Contact

Michael Eder
michael.eder(at)tugraz.at
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
TUG - Graz University of Technology
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License

Creative Commons
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