Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
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(E-mail memo: Sept. 1, 2005)
NEXT MEETING: Sept. 22 (Thurs.), 2005, 4:00-5:30PM, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall, Duquesne University.

Agenda: Presentation: Focus Groups in Qualitative Research: Presumptions and Strategies.

Presenters:
Maureen R. O'Brien, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Pastoral Ministry, Duquesne University.
Helen Blier, Ph.D., Researcher, Educator, Consultant.Abstract: Focus Groups in Qualitative Research: Presumptions and Strategies

Like other types of qualitative research, the use of focus groups involves clarification of the researcher's assumptions regarding epistemology, especially the character and construction of knowledge; development of methodologies that resonate with one's epistemological presumptions; and choice of methods that allow effective gathering of data while avoiding potential obstacles. In this session we will draw on the experiences of presenters and participants in focus group research, and identify helpful resources and promising approaches for further exploration.

Minutes

Maureen R. O'Brien, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Pastoral Ministry, Duquesne University, and Helen Blier, Ph.D., Researcher, Educator, Consultant, provided a workshop on Focus Groups in Qualitative Research: Presumptions and Strategies. Forty-three persons attended the workshop and, following the well-prepared and informative lead of the two presenters, discussed the issues of the researcher's assumptions regarding epistemology, especially the character and construction of knowledge; development of methodologies that resonate with one's epistemological presumptions; and choice of methods that allow effective gathering of data while avoiding potential obstacles.