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I just enrolled myself in a new course at EDx named: Introduction to Social Research Methods.
As part of my course I will be blogging about what I get to learn each week. I know very few about social research methods. I made my Master degree in Business Administration with a focus on Quality and Productivity, in my masters I had the opportunity to use more engineering research methods based on experiments.
I'm interested in this course because I have 2 years working for an education institution in Mexico and we've been dealing with knowing the best way to evaluate if our interventions with students are successful and accomplishing our mission or not.
The topics I will be assessing are: education research focused on intervention success. With this topic my initial questions are: Is our intervention needed? Is our intervention achieving what our hypothesis raises? Is anything else we could make to achieve our mission eliminating some variables?
In my opinion, and with the evaluation I made on the 1st week of the course I think well assessed qualitative methods with focus groups and ethnographic approach will be helpful for my objective.
In the past, I have used focus groups methods to gather qualitative information, but I’ve never used ethnographic methods for which I have bit more doubts.
In my opinion, the most important challenges I might face are time and resources required to establish a well-done research to find what we’re looking for but I know that a well assessed research will help on our findings and questions.
Since I am interested in education research methods, and because I am sure that many classmates are very ahead on research methods knowledge, I will begin to read the Research Methods and Methodologies in Education book proposed for the course.
I am wondering if there is any other classmate or person that will like to join on this journey to learn about social research methods.
Please comment if you’re interested 😊
See you on the next one!