Performing focus groups: Unsettling 'blueprints'

Christensen, Clare & Dwyer, Angela E. (2004) Performing focus groups: Unsettling 'blueprints'. In McWilliam, Erica, Danby, Susan, & Knight, John (Eds.) Performing educational research : theories, methods and practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, QLD, pp. 1-14.


This paper will explore the use of focus groups from two theoretical perspectives: poststructuralism and critical realism. The authors will bring together their understandings of these frameworks in the context of performing the focus group as a research method. They seek in particular to unsettle the notion that there is a particular ‘blueprint’ for conducting this research, as is implied in the literature discussing focus group method. Rather, they aim to highlight the importance of thinking about this method in terms of the theoretical framework being applied, in other words, how the theoretical ideas inform the performance of the research.

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ID Code: 11242
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: focus groups, research methods, methodology, theory, literature, performance, poststructuralism, critical realism
ISBN: 1876682612
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult authors)
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Deposited On: 18 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2010 15:50

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