Focus Group Methodology is an introductory text which leads readers through the entire process of designing a focus group study, from conducting interviews to analysing data and presenting the findings. It also includes discussions on cross-cultural and virtual focus group.

Liamputtong presents clear, practical advice in simple terms which will be appropriate for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking research, making this an ideal starter text for anyone new to focus group research.

Like her previous book, Researching the Vulnerable, Liamputtong's latest work pays close attention to research ethics and will also be of great interest to researchers who are working with different social groups – such as women, men, older people, children and ethnic groups – and anybody who is engaging in cross-cultural research.

Illustrated with case studies and examples throughout, this is a perfect introduction to focus group methods for students and new researchers alike.

Focus Group Methodology in Cross-Cultural Research

Chapter Objectives

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • Focus groups as a culturally sensitive research method
  • Cross-cultural focus groups and language issues
  • Translation of focus group transcripts
  • Cultural considerations
  • Focus groups in cross-cultural settings: some practical considerations
  • Focus groups and participatory activities in cross-cultural research
  • Case examples of cross-cultural research using focus groups

Increasingly, the focus group methodology has been seen as a good approach ...

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