Focus groups in educational research: using ICT to assist in meaningful data collection

Kathryn Moyle

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    Abstract

    Education research methods include the use of focus groups for gathering qualitative data. Focus groups consist of small groups of informed people addressing research questions and are a form of 'group interview'. Focus groups in education research can be considered to be conversations that are initiated by the researcher for the specific purpose of obtaining data relevant to the specified research outcomes. Traditionally, approaches to data collection in focus groups use tape and/or video recorders and note takers. These approaches however, can be intrusive to the small group processes employed in gaining responses to the focus group questions. This paper discusses some of the issues and benefits of using focus groups in education research. It draws upon Australian research that explored educational leaders' views about the relationships between school leadership and teaching and learning with information and communication technologies (ICT) in which the data was collected through face-to-face focus groups, and where ICT was incorporated into the research method. This paper examines the processes required to incorporate ICT into the focus groups and outlines ways in which ICT can assist in data collection for education research
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Research Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006
    EditorsP Jeffrey
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    Pages1-12
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventThe annual AARE 2007 - Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 26 Nov 20071 Dec 2007

    Publication series

    NameAARE conference proceeding1324-9320
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    ISSN (Electronic)1324-9320

    Conference

    ConferenceThe annual AARE 2007
    CountryAustralia
    CityAdelaide
    Period26/11/071/12/07

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    educational research
    communication technology
    information technology
    Group
    small group
    research method
    education
    conversation
    video
    leadership
    leader
    Teaching
    interview
    school
    learning

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    Moyle, K. (2007). Focus groups in educational research: using ICT to assist in meaningful data collection. In P. Jeffrey (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Research Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 (pp. 1-12). (AARE conference proceeding1324-9320). Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education.
    Moyle, Kathryn. / Focus groups in educational research: using ICT to assist in meaningful data collection. Proceedings of the International Research Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006. editor / P Jeffrey. Australia : Australian Association for Research in Education, 2007. pp. 1-12 (AARE conference proceeding1324-9320).
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    Moyle, K 2007, Focus groups in educational research: using ICT to assist in meaningful data collection. in P Jeffrey (ed.), Proceedings of the International Research Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006. AARE conference proceeding1324-9320, Australian Association for Research in Education, Australia, pp. 1-12, The annual AARE 2007, Adelaide, Australia, 26/11/07.

    Focus groups in educational research: using ICT to assist in meaningful data collection. / Moyle, Kathryn.

    Proceedings of the International Research Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006. ed. / P Jeffrey. Australia : Australian Association for Research in Education, 2007. p. 1-12 (AARE conference proceeding1324-9320).

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    Moyle K. Focus groups in educational research: using ICT to assist in meaningful data collection. In Jeffrey P, editor, Proceedings of the International Research Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006. Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education. 2007. p. 1-12. (AARE conference proceeding1324-9320).