This course will provide practical training in qualitative sociological research in education. Stages of qualitative research (such as identifying a topic, organizing projects and writing proposals, gaining access, collecting data by in-depth interviews and participant observation, using documents, analysing data, and writing reports) will be covered. Students will do a small project using techniques of interviewing and participant observation. Issues such as ethics, working with school boards and other agencies, and feminist research will also be raised. The course is most suitable for students who have some background in sociology but who have not previously conducted ethnographic or other forms of qualitative research.
Social Justice Education