Discussion 1: What About Focus Groups?
Focus groups can provide rich, thick descriptions of experiences, attitudes, and opinions shared by a group of individuals who have in common a shared experience about the phenomena you are studying.
Review the resources in the course and online about the challenges, advantages, and disadvantages of using focus groups as part your research methods. Consider if, for your topic, whether a focus group would be a good choice for data collection.
For this Discussion, you will explore the differences between individual interviewing and focus groups.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the Learning Resources related to coding, data analysis, and focus groups.
Review the focus group media program found in the Learning Resources and consider how you might use a focus group in collecting data for the topic of your research.
By Day 3
Post your explanation of:
The difference between collecting data using individual interviews and a focus group (e.g., intent, selecting participants, conducting the interview or focus group)
Given the topic you are currently using for your research, would you consider using a focus group for your study? Why or why not?
Be sure to support your main post and response post with reference to the weeks Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA style.
By Day 5
Respond to one of your colleagues posts with a suggestion about using a focus group for their research idea. Your suggestion may include 34 interview questions to ask, considerations for sampling; or how to manage recruiting participants.
Submission and Grading Information
To access your rubric:
Week 6 Discussion 1 Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 5
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 6 Discussion 1