Evidence oriented scientific arena today relies heavily on numbers. However, there are areas specially those related to complex ways of human thinking and behaviour in real life situations need an additional approach to be explored. Relevant numbers are simply not adequate and may not reach the deeper aspect of multifaceted human interactions and intricate phenomena associated with. Consequently, many solutions formulated through merely reducing numbers appear ineffective. Qualitative research methodology allows a researcher to have an in depth understanding of such real life complexities and assists to come up with solution that could be more cost effective. This introductory course would equip a researcher with tools and approaches necessary for such exploration and understanding. It will primarily imprint an overview of qualitative research as an independent scientific method of investigation in the cognitive domain.
Course description and objectives
This short course has been developed for beginners who are currently involved in research and are interested to apply qualitative methods in their area of work. Throughout the course, basic philosophy of applying qualitative perspectives along with pertinent issues of qualitative research methods and applicability of various instruments of gathering qualitative data in systematic, scientific and ethical ways will be discussed. In addition, field visits will be arranged to gather first-hand experiences on data collection, data management and analysis. Software for qualitative data analysis and generating references will be briefly demonstrated.
Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to obtain a basic understanding of qualitative research methods by realizing its importance and relevance to the field of research. It is anticipated that participants would learn to prepare a research concept note by using qualitative research methods.
Approach to the course
The course includes lectures, discussions and computer sessions. All lectures will be participatory and interactive in nature. Participants will be divided into several groups and will be requested to participate in various in-class group assignments. Several relevant literatures will be distributed and participants will be able to raise issues of their concerns. Due to time limit, this course will provide only a basic understanding of computer assisted data analysis procedure. However, it will be supplemented with field visit and incorporation of reflections from the field visit
The course evaluation will be conducted by applying largely qualitative method.
Two weeks. Sessions are normally conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all week days (Sunday through Thursday). But at times it may continue beyond this. A substantial amount of reading and preparatory work will be necessary during evenings and on week-ends.
- Concept and importance of Qualitative Research
- Use of qualitative research as complementary approach to quantitative design
- Conceptualizing a qualitative research project
- Writing a qualitative research protocol
- Sampling in qualitative research
- Various data collection techniques in qualitative research
- Ethics in qualitative research
- Preparing qualitative data collection guideline
- Practice on data collection
- Preparing field notes and transcripts
- Qualitative data management and analysis
- Computer assisted qualitative data analysis (ATLAS.ti)
- Learning through sharing experiences of qualitative researchers
- Validity and reliability of qualitative data
- Reviewing a qualitative research article
- Web browsing for scientific purposes and Referencing using EndNote
- Developing and presenting a qualitative research protocol in groups
The course is taught largely by a group of researchers from the various scientific divisions of the Centre.
Comprehensive hand-outs are given to the participants.
Medical graduates or Master’s in biological/health sciences or social sciences are preferred for the course.
Number of participants
It is intended to accept a maximum of 18 participants per batch.
The course fee is Tk. 8000 (Taka Eight Thousand) for the locals who himself or herself is paying the course fee, Tk.10000 (Taka Ten Thousand) for the institutional participants whose organization is paying and for participants from SAARC countries and US $ 300 (US $ Three Hundred) for international participants who does not have Bangladesh passport (excluding those from SAARC countries), to cover the cost of training materials, faculty time, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and certificate of participation. However, travel costs, medical insurance, other meals and accommodation are not included in the course fee. The course fee is payable on notification of acceptance preferably by wire transfer or bank draft in favour of icddr,b (bank details will be provided with acceptance letter). Admission will be confirmed only when the fee is received.
Selection of participants
In general, participants will be selected based on their pre-requisite qualifications and first come first serve basis, however, institutional and female participant will get preference. Only selected participants will be notified by email, SMS or over telephone.
For any further information please contact-
Dr. Md. Manirul Islam
Phone:9827001-10, ext: 3509
Technical Training Unit
Office of the Chief Operating Officer