“Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for Medical Librarians

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Friday, April 20, 2018

Susan LaValley is the primary contact.
Region: All

Description: This course will provide an overview of qualitative research study designs, including sampling techniques, data analysis strategies, and theoretical approaches. Participants will learn the defining features of different qualitative approaches (e.g. interviews, focus groups, and participant-observations). This course will offer librarians tools to evaluate the quality of qualitative research studies. After completing this course, participants will be able to identify advantages and disadvantages of qualitative approaches, as well as the types of research questions this approaches can effectively answer. The instructor will use case studies from the research literature to demonstrate how to glean key information about qualitative research designs. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their knowledge/experience evaluating qualitative research. In addition to instructor lecture, small groups will each work on sample case studies as a group, to identify key methodological design features of their assigned case study, including flaws and strengths of each case study.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus
CE Contact Hours: 3
Professional Competencies: Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Research
Course Type: Face to Face

Educational Objective: After completing this course, participants will be able to identify advantages and disadvantages of three types of qualitative approaches to research, as well as the types of research questions this approaches can effectively answer.

Agenda:

Hour 1:  Overview of qualitative research methods  
- Study conceptualization and planning
- Features of different qualitative approaches (e.g. focus group, interviews, participant-observation)
- Participant recruitment and sampling
- Human subjects considerations

Hour 2 - Data Collection (field notes, interview guides) 
       - Data Analysis (identifying themes, writing coding memos and codebooks)
       - Criteria for evaluating qualitative research (establishing reliability and accuracy, identifying potential sources of bias)

Hour 3 - Small group activity

Participants will break into groups of 3-4. Each group will receive a research article (case study) to evaluate using the criteria highlighted in class.  Small groups will report to the larger group the strengths and weakness of their respective case studies.   
 

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, Discussion, Sharing/Self-disclosure, and Case Study.