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Introduction to qualitative methods

He whakatakinga ki ngā tikanga rangahau ā-kounga

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Qualitative research produces an in-depth understanding of the social world, typically using text, audio-visual images/recordings or direct observations as data. Introduction to qualitative methods provides an overview of qualitative research methods and the application of a qualitative approach to health research.

Topics covered

The course provides an overview of the different qualitative research approaches commonly used in health research. Topics covered include:

  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Methods of data collection
  • Data analysis and interpretation

These topics will be illustrated using examples provided from recent research projects. Time will also be made available for practical exercises, providing a taste of data gathering and analysis of qualitative data.

Style of course

Small group – i.e. teaching and discussion in a group of up to 25 people. This course will be held in person in Wellington.

Who should attend?

This course will provide valuable learning opportunities for:

  • Students, practitioners and researchers in any area of health
  • Those wanting a better understanding of qualitative research, its application and interpretation, and assessment of quality

COVID-19 contingency plan

If COVID restrictions prevent in-person/face-to-face delivery of this course, it will be delivered online the same day, and a credit of $100 given ($50 for those paying staff/student rate).

Draft timetable

Time Content
9:00am Introductions and what do people want from the day?
9:15am What is qualitative research and how does it fit with other research approaches?
10:30am Morning break
11:00am Key principles of qualitative research design
  • Methodologies
  • Data collection methods
Presentations, discussion and workshop activities
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm Case studies in qualitative research
  • Guest speakers and discussion
3:00pm Afternoon break
3:30pm What do you do with your data? Qualitative data analysis and interpretation.
Presentations, discussion and workshop activities
4:50pm Evaluation
5:00pm Finish

Teaching staff

  • Emma Osborne – Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Maria Stubbe – Department of Primary Healthcare and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Guest speakers – TBC