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.
Didactical Description of the Method
If the topic of a course should be complemented by qualitative research results, the teaching method “ Methods of qualitative spacial analysis“ can be used as a basis. Depending on the topic, the students should think about locations they would like to analyze and where they would like to conduct interviews with the locals. During the field analysis, the students should gather as much information as possible. After transcribing the interviews and categorizing their notes, students need to learn how to concentrate on those sets of data that are most relevant to the given topic. The results of their research can confirm or falsify a hypothesis.
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