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413031S Advanced course in qualitative research, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 413031S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Advanced course in qualitative research  Abbreviation Advanced course 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline2505 Education 
TypeCourse   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
 
   
Unit Faculty of Education 

Teachers
Name
Anu Alanko 

Description
ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS

 
Language of instruction 

Finnish

English (ITE)

 
Timing 

4th year (primary education)

 
Learning outcomes 

Having completed the course, the student

  • knows how to describe and interpret qualitative data analysis methods used in education and psychology and their background
  • knows how to analyse and interpret typical educational and psychological research data
  • knows how to assess the credibility, reliability and ethicality of her/his own research and research done by others

LET STUDENTS:

After completion of this course, the student is able to

  • process and analyse qualitative data
  • describe and report on results based on qualitative research data
  • utilize mixed method approach
  • evaluate the ethicality and reliability of qualitative research
 
Contents 
  • the meaning of different paradigms and research traditions in the planning and implementation of qualitative research 
  • different reading methods in the analysis and interpretation of qualitative research data
  • proving credibility in qualitative research
  • research reporting in qualitative research
  • ethical issues in qualitative research

LET STUDENTS:

  • Basic and central concepts of qualitative research
  • Process oriented research methods
  • Mixed method approach
  • Writing a research publication
 
Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching (and possibly blended-learning) 

LET STUDENTS:

Face-to-face and online teaching, 40h: 18h lectures, 22h practice

Online, individual and collaborative learning, 95h

 
Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 18h, small group sessions 16h, independent work approx. 100h

LET STUDENTS:

  • Learning activities consist of active participation in face-to-face meetings where researchers in the field of learning science and educational technology introduce various topics related to qualitative research.
  • Each presentation includes an online task for the students.
  • In addition to researchers’ presentations there will be seminars where the students are able to apply their research knowledge in practice.

In addition, the students reflect on their own learning and expertise in a digital portfolio.

 
Target group 

Students in the Faculty of Education.

 
Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic course in qualitative research, 5 credits, or an equivalent course

 
Recommended optional programme components 

The study module is a part of the advanced studies and supports the writing of a Master's thesis

 
Recommended or required reading 

Heikkinen, H. L. T.,Rovio, E. & Syrjälä, L. (toim. ) (2007) Toiminnasta tietoon. Toimintatutkimuksen menetelmät ja lähestymistavat.
OR
Lappalainen, S. Hynninen, P. Kankkunen, T. Lahelma, E. & Tolonen. T. (2007) Etnografia metodologiana. Lähtökohtana koulutuksen tutkimus.
OR
Lichtman, M. (2012) Qualitative Research in Education. A User's Guide. 
OR
Creswell, J. W. (ed.) (2006) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches (revised edition)

 LET STUDENTS:

American Psychological Association: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2009). 6th edition

Given, L. M. (Ed.)(2008) The Sage Encyclopedia of qualitative research. Volumes 1 & 2. http://www.stiba-malang.com/uploadbank/ pustaka/RM/QUALITATIVE%20METHOD%20SAGE%20ENCY.pdf

and/or other contemporary readings in the field of learning and educational technology, to be announced in the beginning of the course.

 
Assessment methods and criteria 

Exam, active participation in small group sessions, an essay

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.

LET STUDENTS:

Completion of the course requires active participation in face-to-face teaching and successful completion of all individual learning tasks:

5: The student has participated actively in all face-to-face meetings and done all required individual tasks according to the course requirements. All tasks represent very good familiarity with course contents, course materials, and additional materials. The student is able to express deep understanding of core course contents in the digital portfolio.

4: The  student has participated actively in all face-to-face meetings and done all required individual tasks according to the course requirements. All tasks represent good familiarity with course contents and course materials. The student is able to express understanding of core course contents in the digital portfolio.

3: The student has participated actively in most of the  face-to-face meetings and done all required individual tasks.Tasks mostly represent good familiarity with course contents and core course materials. The student is able to express understanding of core course contents in the digital portfolio.

2: The student has participated in several face-to-face meetings and done individual tasks, but there are a ew tasks missing. Tasks are done mostly based on one’s own experiences and opinions, not on course literature and other course materials. Reflection of one’s own learning in the digital portfolio is mostly superficial.

1: The student has been passive in face-to-face meetings, and there are assignments missing or they represent superficial understanding of the course content. The student is able to express the understanding of some course content either in the digital portfolio or in individual tasks, but the level of reflection is superficial and irrelevant, and it does not represent familiarity with the course materials.

 
Grading 

0 - 5

 
Person responsible 

Anu Alanko

 
Working life cooperation 

The alternative methods to complete the course can involve worklife cooperation.

 


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Advanced course in qualitative research  Course  Anu Alanko  11.01.21 -15.04.21
registration period has not begun Advanced course in qualitative research/ Summer 2018  Course  Anu Alanko  11.05.21 -08.06.21

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