Where should I learn research methodology

Teaching and learning qualitative research methods

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  • Margrit Schreier
  • Franz Breuer
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In the standard university curricula of psychology in the German-speaking area, method training is predominantly shaped by the spirit of scientifically and / or experimentally ambitious ways of thinking and proceeding. The consequence of this is that the students get a narrower view of the methodology of their subject in the course offer, and that they are not able to adequately get to know qualitative methodology in this context. Accordingly, there is also a lack of interest in teaching and learning qualitative methods in higher education. In contrast, in the English-speaking world there is an increasing institutionalization of qualitative research methods and approaches in higher education in psychology. A variety of didactic considerations and concepts are developed there, which is reflected in a growing number of publications over the last ten years. In this article we will first look at the peculiarities of teaching and learning qualitative methods that result from the characteristics of qualitative methodology. Then we present some suggestions for didactics of qualitative methods. We conclude with reflections on the challenges and problems that arise from the changes in study structures in view of the so-called Bologna Process.


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