Focusing on what counts: Using exploratory focus groups to enhance the development of an electronic survey in a mixed-methods research design

Galliott, Natal'ya & Graham, Linda J. (2014) Focusing on what counts: Using exploratory focus groups to enhance the development of an electronic survey in a mixed-methods research design. In Baguley, Margaret Mary (Ed.) Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), 30 November - 4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Qld.

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Abstract

This paper describes the use of exploratory focus groups to inform the development of a survey instrument in a sequential phase mixed methods study investigating differences in secondary students’ career choice capability. Five focus groups were conducted with 23 year 10 students in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Analysis of the focus group data informed the design of the instrument for the second phase of the research project: a large-scale cross-sectional survey. In this paper, we discuss the benefits of using sequential phase mixed method approaches when inquiring into complex phenomena such as human capability.

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ID Code: 84281
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: research methods, sociology of education, focus group methodology, mixed-methods research, secondary student career choices
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 19 May 2015 04:31
Last Modified: 20 May 2015 01:36

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