Covers an often-omitted subject in general qualitative textbook Benefits from the extensive qualitative research experience of its author Provides starting point templates for readers conducting original qualitative research Offers readers suggestions for using and adapting the qualitative instrument templates Ties each template back to methods and methodology to ensure trustworthiness and rigor Provides templates of interview protocols, focus group moderator guides, content analysis tools, document analysis tools, reflective questionnaires, diary and journal logs, and observational rubrics Gives the reader either a cut-and-paste solution for their own research or a starting point to design their own personalized qualitative tools.

Focus Group Moderator Guides

Focus groups are a research technique that collects data through group interaction on a topic determined by the researcher; in essence, it is the researcher-driven interest that provides the focus … but the data comes from the group interaction.

(Morgan, 1997, p. 6)

Focus Groups Defined

Focus group research is an increasingly popular qualitative data collection strategy and is used effectively by many educational researchers. One of the common pitfalls, however, is that many novice researchers (and even some experienced ones) may be unclear about what constitutes a focus group. There are several defining characteristics that distinguish a true focus group from other types of group interactions. As Krueger and Casey (2015) note, a focus group is “a carefully planned series of discussions ...

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