An Exemplar for Teaching and Learning Qualitative Research




Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.
Leech, Nancy L.
Slate, John R.
Stark, Marcella
Sharma, Bipin
Frels, Rebecca
Harris, Kristin
Combs, Julie P.

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The Qualitative Report


In this article, we outline a course wherein the instructors teach students how to conduct rigorous qualitative research. We discuss the four major distinct, but overlapping, phases of the course: conceptual/theoretical, technical, applied, and emergent scholar. Students write several qualitative reports, called qualitative notebooks, which involve data that they collect (via three different types of interviews), analyze (using nine qualitative analysis techniques via qualitative software), and interpret. Each notebook is edited by the instructors to help them improve the quality of subsequent notebook reports. Finally, we advocate asking students who have previously taken this course to team-teach future courses. We hope that our exemplar for teaching and learning qualitative research will be useful for teachers and students alike.


Article originally published in The Qualitative Report


Teaching Qualitative Research, Qualitative Research Pedagogy, Qualitative Notebooks


Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Leech, N. L., Slate, J. R., Stark, M., Sharma, B., Frels, R., Harris, K., & Combs, J. P. (2012). An Exemplar for Teaching and Learning Qualitative Research. The Qualitative Report, 17(1), 16-77.