In-Class Learning Format
Research Design: Interactive Seminars and Exercises
Know and clarify the main elements of environmental qualitative research design including establishing a focus, research question, identifying appropriate data collection tools and a theoretical/conceptual framework, and engaging purposeful sampling.
One-page paper that summarizes/justifies draft thesis research design. This is a living document that will be redrafted over time and submitted at the end of class (template and grading criteria to be provided).
Research Approaches: Student-led class discussions based on readings
Discern different environmental research approaches, and identify their purpose, value and weaknesses, particularly in light of basic research design principles.
In-class, team-led discussions based on course readings (instructions to be provided).
Data Collection: Interactive seminars, in-class discussions and exercises
Understand how to generate a meaningful data set based on qualitative data collection methods.
1) In-class “field observation” exercise
2) Fieldwork/Interview Protocol
5% + 20%
Data Analysis: Interactive Seminar and in-class exercise
Data coding skills: capacity to generate categories and concepts, and assert overarching, interrelated themes based on data.
In-class exercise (instructions to be provided in advance)