Qualitative Methods of Research – EDCO 747

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/16/2022

Course Description

This course examines qualitative methods used in social science research, focusing primarily on participant-observation, asking questions, writing field notes, and on the transformation of these primary field data into written ethnographic documents.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The research problems addressed by the process of social science research often present a more complex problem than the use of traditional quantitative research approaches can satisfy. As a result of this complexity, there is the need for alternate ways to answer research questions. Qualitative research (as a paradigm of thought and as groups of methods and approaches) seeks to provide this alternate approach. Christian social science researchers must develop a diverse understanding of research methodologies and approaches to best apply the proper method in the practice of social science research.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (7)

The candidate will complete discussions in two parts. First, the candidate should post a new thread in response to the provided topic. Then, the candidate should reply to the specified number of classmates. (CLO: A, C, D, E, G, H)

Reading Summary Assignment

The candidate will have the opportunity to practice his or her APA writing and formatting skills through composing clear and concise chapter summaries for their assigned reading that week. The summaries should follow the format provided in the course and should clearly reflect APA style and writing. (CLO: A, D, G)

Research Plan Overview Assignments (3)

Throughout the course, the candidate will build a preliminary research plan that will be submitted in three different stages (weeks 2, 4, & 6). Once completed, this plan will be the template for the final research prospectus. (CLO: C, F, G)

Five Approaches Table Assignment

The candidate will complete a chart that will allow him or her to define, explain, and discuss five major qualitative research methods. (CLO: D, G, H).

Article Critique Assignments (2)

The candidate will read and critique an article based on the information provided in chapter 5 and the appendices of the textbook. The critique should be a double-spaced review of the study’s purpose, theory, methods, and major findings. Both critiques should also follow APA style and should match the formatting guidelines provided. (CLO: B, D, F, G, H)

Field Notes Interviews Assignment

The candidate will practice collecting data in the field through conducting two interviews with individuals who have earned a doctorate degree in the field of counseling, psychology, pastoral counseling, education or a related field. Each interview should be kept at about a 1-hour time limit and should be audio recorded for official transcription, which will be submitted. An interview template is provided in the course with a detailed list of questions.