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Qualitative Analysis: Recess Activity

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The following exercises deal with a school-based problem and lead to the setting up of a research design using qualitative methods. The simulation is organized according to the following steps:

  • State the goals of the work
  • Gather information
    • Locate relevant sources
    • Complete out of class activity
    • Summarize findings
  • Generate possible solutions
  • Specify the constraints
  • Select a solution
  • Evaluate and revise as necessary (includes reflections & more information)

This process should be familiar as the basic steps of systematic problem solving. Emphasis in the exercise is upon creative problem solving and decision making.

You should be aware that many solutions to this problem are possible, some of which may be better than the sequence proposed. While it will not be possible to explore each of these, you are encouraged to think creatively and to offer the solutions at each stage of the problem that seem best in your best judgment or the judgment of your group.

The bulletin board feature should be able to provide feedback to some of your questions. We ask that you post your questions to the board, and engage yourself in the threaded discussion. However, you should be prepared to come up with your own solution. If after a few days you do not feel you have received a reasonable answer to your question, feel free to pose the question to the T.A. who will respond or forward it to the instructor.

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Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factpetersen. (2007, August 01). Qualitative Analysis: Recess Activity. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License