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  • Independent of the number of students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
    4-7 lecture units
    up to 1 semester
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

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Methods for a qualitative spatial analysis(Resource ID: 21)

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.

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.

 

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

Type of teaching method
  • Reflection
Preparation
Low
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Strengths of the method
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.
Assessment / evaluation
None
Sources and Links

Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung: http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs

Qualitative Research: http://qrj.sagepub.com/

Mailingliste Qualitative Sozialforschung: http://www.qualitative-forschung.de/mailingliste/index.html

Transkriptionssoftware: http://www.audiotranskription.de/f4.htm

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

Omahna Manfred
manfred.omahna(at)uni-graz.at
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz
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License

Creative Commons
BY-ND

Type of teaching method

  • Reflection