Postgraduate Seminar Skills Students to Conduct Qualitative Research
The School of Management, Information Technology and Governance (MIG) recently held a Postgraduate Research Seminar aimed at providing a formal context to facilitate capacity building in research knowledge and skills.
The goal was to enhance the ability of masters and doctoral students to identify and meet postgraduate research challenges. The monthly Seminar intends to promote shared research reflections and insights to promote collective scholarly efforts and prepare postgraduate students for careers in academia. It also aims to provide the context for obtaining foundation knowledge and experiences essential to conducting research and scholarship.
Titled: “An Introduction to Qualitative Research”, the Seminar was designed to enable masters and doctoral students with little or no previous experience of research to gain a basic understanding of qualitative research and the potential for this type of research in postgraduate studies. The idea was to provide students with a basic understanding of qualitative research and equip them with sufficient information to appreciate how qualitative research is undertaken.
This may in turn enable the students to consider the appropriateness of a qualitative approach to their chosen field of investigation.
‘In addition, the seminar was meant to provide masters and doctoral students contemplating or undertaking qualitative research for the first time with guidance on the collection and analysis of data,’ said Dr Given Mutinta who delivered a presentation on non-probability sampling methods.
Dr Mogie Subban spoke about the nature of qualitative research, and the strengths and weaknesses of such research in a brief comparison with quantitative research. This was followed by short descriptions of the main qualitative approaches.
Professor Debbie Vigar-Ellis gave a presentation on qualitative research data collection methods while Dr Shaun Ruggunan spoke on techniques for analysing and presenting information.
- Dr Given Mutinta