Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
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Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Learn the basics of conducting qualitative research. Learn to design interviews, conduct observations, and analyze data.
3.5 (22 ratings)
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Created by Leigh Hall
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Write research questions for qualitative research
  • Design and conduct interviews
  • Collect observational data
  • Know the basics for analyzing qualitative research
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  • You do not need any special materials or knowledge for this course.

This course teaches you the basics of conducting qualitative research. You will learn how to: (a) design research questions, (b) write interview questions, and (c) conduct observations. You will also be introduced to basic data analysis techniques and think about where you would like to publish and present your research.

This course is perfect for anyone interested in conducting qualitative research but isn't sure how to get started. At the end of this course, you will have gained knowledge about the primary tools used in qualitative research and how to use them. You will be ready to go forth and conduct your own research.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with interest but no background in qualitative research
  • K-12 teachers
  • Doctoral Students
  • Assistant Professors
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Course Introduction
4 Lectures 03:18

How to Take This Course

Take this short survey to see what you think about qualitative research.

What Do You Think?
1 page
Important Issues
5 Lectures 38:52

Provides a brief overview of what qualitative research is and what you can expect if you conduct it.

Preview 07:52

Ethics is always of critical concern in any research project. In qualitiative research, we must be extra sensitive to what we are asking of our participants and how we interact with them.


Before launching into a research project, you will need to obtain appropriate permission to do so. This lecture focuses on the Institutional Review Board common at most Universities. If you do not work at a university, you may be interested in hearing about some of the permissions you need to obtain in general in order to conduct research. You are always responsible for knowing what regulations need to be followed to conduct you research.

Understanding the IRB

Getting grants to fund your work is an important part of qualitative research. Learn more about funding and what to do if you have a great idea that cannot attract funding.

Funding for Qualitative Research

This lecture was designed for Assistant professors who engage in qualitative research and may have questions about the tenure and promotion process. While such processes differ across institutions, in this lecture I provide you with some key ideas to think about that can support you getting tenure.

Getting Tenure as a Qualitative Researcher
8 Lectures 01:10:08

Before you can even begin your project, you must identify the question(s) you wish to study.

Identifying a Research Question

This lecture covers commonly used research designs in qualitative research. A great reference or refresher.

Research Design

How do you find participants for your study? What are some common hurdles to getting participants, and how do you overcome them?

Identifying Participants

Successful qualitative studies require you to have strong relationships with your participants. Here, I talk about how you can develop and sustain these relationships in ways that support your participants and you as a researcher.

Establishing Relationships in the Field

Being able to record observational data is central to qualitative research. This lecture will provide you with some basic foundations on conducting observations.

Observational Data: The Basics

How do you conduct observations when you are on the ground and running? Here, I provide you with some concrete ideas for gathering observations data and satying organized.

How to Conduct Observations

Interviewing is a central component to qualitative research. Here, you will learn the basic nuts and bolts behind interviewing to get you started.

Interviewing: The Basics

In this video, I share concrete tips and strategies for how to engage in interviews with your participants.

How to Interview
Data Analysis
2 Lectures 21:08

You've got the data, now what? Data analysis can seem very overwhelmingly. In this video, I start by helping you get your data organized so you can move forward.

Getting Organized

Now that you've got your data organized, it's time to start analysis! Here I provide you with the initial steps to get you moving in the right direction.

The Beginning Steps
Presenting Your Research
2 Lectures 18:35

You've done the research, you've analyzed the data, and now it's time to write it up! Learn some strategies that will support you in becoming a successful writer.

Writing Up Qualitative Research

Want to present your research at a conference or other venue? Not feeling comfortable about it? Get some ideas that will make your presentation a success.

Presenting Qualitative Research
Course Wrap-Up
2 Lectures 00:35

Take this short survey to see what you have learned. Your responses will help me further develop the course.

What Did You Learn?
1 page

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About the Instructor
Leigh Hall
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Associate Professor; University of North Carolina

Dr. Leigh A. Hall is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began publishing academic manuscripts during her second year as a doctoral student at Michigan State University. By the time she earned her Ph.D., Dr. Hall had five manuscripts published or in press. To date, she has published 26 manuscripts in top-tier academic journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English. Dr. Hall has extensive experience in writing, publishing, and reviewing manuscripts and in working with novices in learning how to navigate the publishing process.