Graduate Course Catalog 2007-2009
COURSE: 51-735 Tools for Empirical Investigation I (3)
This is the first of two courses intended to help candidates acquire knowledge of procedures for generating, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data. It is the context of generating evidence and making sense of it that issues surrounding integrity of data, the validity of inferences drawn from data, and the objectivity of the process and conclusions drawn acquire meaning. Thus, discussions of these key concepts are woven into the discussion of methods. This course will specifically focus on selecting sites and sampling people and documentation, generating data through listening and recording, and textual analysis.