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Using Focus Groups in Research

Author : Lia Litosseliti
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Focus Groups are often under-used as a valuable tool for research. This practical and extremely well-written guide offers advice on: * planning and organising focus groups * what types of questions to use* the limitations and advantages of using these groups as research methods* collecting the data at group sessions* how to analyse the data produced>

Understanding Focus Group Discussions

Author : Monique M. Hennink
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This volume guides readers on practical and theoretical considerations in conducting focus group research. Separate chapters are devoted to writing focus group methods and presenting findings. Strategies for assessing the quality of focus group research are included and case study examples of field research are provided throughout.

Focus Groups

Author : Richard A. Krueger
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The Fourth Edition of the bestselling Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research offers an easy-to-ready overview of sound focus group practices. Authors Richard A. Krueger & Mary Anne Casey describe how one can set up and conduct quality and effective focus group interviews. The process depicted is unbiased, non-judgmental and is respectful of all views. It is a deliberate and systematic way of listening that is helpful to public and private organizations as they listen to stakeholders, customers, and employees. This book cuts through the theory and gives hand-on advice to those who are seeking to actually conduct a focus group. It is most helpful for conducting focus groups for research or evaluation with public, non-profit, educational, health, human service, and religious organizations. Key Features Offers the latest on telephone and Internet focus groups Provides suggested focus group questions that help students construct quality questions that engage participants and produce dependable and valid results. Gives solid information on organizational focus groups Presents ways on how to recruit participants to the focus group Contains a number of practical tips that actually work. It is written for the person who has to plan, recruit, develop questions, moderate, analyze and report the results. Incorporates icons throughout the book that offer tips, examples, additional resources and others bits of practical information. Intended Audience This book is appropriate for a variety of research methods and evaluation courses in departments such as education, sociology, political science, journalism, business & marketing, public administration, and public health.

Focus Group Research

Author : Martha Ann Carey
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This volume provides a thorough introduction to creating and conducting focus group research projects. Carey and Asbury provide background on the history of focus groups then document the best practices in conducting a study using them. They also provide valuable advice on how to conduct a fair and accurate analysis of minorities and other vulnerable groups within the population at large. This book is an excellent introduction for any researcher looking to utilize focus groups in their next project.

Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher

Author : Jennifer Cyr
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In highlighting the unique features of focus groups, Cyr explains how they can help social science researchers effectively answer certain research questions.

Developing Focus Group Research

Author : Jenny Kitzinger
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This book critically examines the potential of, and suggests ways forward in, harnessing a versatile and powerful method of research - focus groups. The book challenges some of the emerging orthodoxies and presents accessible, insightful and reflective discussions about the issues around focus group work. The contributors, an impressive group of experienced researchers from a range of disciplines and traditions, discuss different ways of designing, conducting and analyzing focus group research. They examine sampling strategies; the implications of combining focus groups with other methods; accessing views of `minority' groups; their contribution to participatory or feminist research; use of software packages; discourse anal

Focus Groups as Qualitative Research

Author : David L. Morgan
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The extensively revised edition of the best-selling Focus Groups as Qualitative Research continues to provide an excellent guide for researchers across the disciplines. Reflecting the many changes that have occurred in the study of focus groups in recent years, the book begins with an updated introduction offering a discussion of current social science approaches to focus groups. Expanded coverage on the comparison of focus groups to individual interviews follows, and there is more material on the strengths and weaknesses of focus groups. The section on self-contained focus groups has also been expanded. Subsequent chapters have been revised to include examples from social scientists who have established their own practices and methodological research on focus groups. In conclusion, the author offers future directions and references that take into account the explosive growth of focus groups as a research tool for all social scientists.

Successful Focus Groups

Author : David L. Morgan
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This is the first book to systematically address the issues, practical wisdom and problems in conducting focus groups. Written by an interdisciplinary group of scholars, this well-integrated collection of articles represents the state-of-the-art in focus group applications. It covers the basic principles of when and how to use focus groups, the applicability of focus group interviews to survey research and other methods, general issues in the use of focus groups, the specific problems of focus groups with different populations or settings and an agenda for future development of the method.

A New Era in Focus Group Research

Author : Rosaline S. Barbour
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This volume provides a critical approach to using focus groups, examining how focus groups have been utilized to research a diverse set of research questions covering a broad spectrum of substantive fields. The collection acknowledges the tensions between different research traditions, disciplinary emphases, funding climates, cultural, political, and ethical contexts, and the ever-changing policy backdrop. Contributors to this book encourage researchers to question and surmount disciplinary and terminological labels and disputes in order to capitalize on the full potential of focus groups, to illuminate the complex collaborative processes involved in forming, debating, contesting, and revising opinions; making decisions; and forging identities. The four sections that comprise this collection address, respectively, using focus groups in novel contexts; employing focus groups in mixed methods research designs; innovations in generating focus group data; and new theoretical developments. A New Era in Focus Group Research will be of interest to students and scholars across disciplines as well as focus group practitioners outside of academia.

Using Focus Groups

Author : Ivana Acocella
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Drawing on the authors' thirty years of combined experience in the field, this authoritative, step-by-step guide to conducting focus groups features dedicated chapters on all aspects of the research process. Loaded with real world research examples from across the social sciences, and learning features such as 'expert advice' and 'concepts and theories' boxes, as well as and end of chapter exercises and further reading, this is the perfect manual for novice researchers who want to conduct a successful focus group.

Focus Groups in Social Research

Author : Michael Bloor
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There is an increasing divergence of focus group practice between social researchers and commercial market researchers. This book addresses the key issues and practical requirements of the social researcher, namely: the kinds of social research issues for which focus groups are most and least suitable; optimum group size and composition; and the designing of focusing exercises, facilitation and appropriate analysis. The authors use examples, drawn from their own focus groups research experience, and provide exercises for further study. They address the three main components of composition, conduct and analysis in focus group research and also acknowledge the increasing impact the Internet has had on social research by cover

Focus Group Interviews in Education and Psychology

Author : Sharon Vaughn
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While there are many books that address focus groups, most are directed at business and marketing. This book differs by demonstrating the specific steps necessary to conduct focus groups in educational and psychological settings. Using numerous examples, the authors show how to prepare for a focus group, create a moderator's guide, select a setting and analyze results. In addition, there is a chapter on focus groups with children and adolescents. Each chapter contains procedural tables as well as applications for performing `trial runs' of the techniques discussed.

Focus Groups

Author : David W. Stewart
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This new, updated edition of the widely cited classic offers a unique blend of theory and practice in a single, easy to read source. The Second Edition of Focus Groups: Theory and Practice provides a systematic treatment of the design, conduct, and interpretation of focus group discussions within the context of social science research and theory.

Focus Groups

Author : Jude Robinson
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Focus group discussions represent a useful way to bring people together to generate new insights and ideas about a research topic. The advantages of using focus groups include the potential to gain a rapid insight into how a topic is viewed and discussed from complementary or contrasting perspectives. Participants are invited to present their views in turn, and as they can hear and reflect on what others in the group are saying, they can also give their response to what they have heard. While this open and discursive approach to data collection can produce a consensus in the group, as people may find it easy or polite to broadly agree with what other participants have already said, it can also highlight tensions and disagreements between group members as they interact.As focus groups represent a dynamic and potentially provocative research method, this entry highlight the advantages as well as the limitations of including focus group discussions in a research project. Moving through the practicalities of designing and setting up focus group discussion, there are discussions around the composition of focus groups, ethical considerations, and the role of technologies to facilitate and capture group discussions in real and virtual settings. By highlighting both the opportunities and issues, researchers may encounter if they are using focus groups in research. This reflective overview guides the reader through the process of moderating a group discussion through to the analysis and presentation of data.

Analyzing and Reporting Focus Group Results

Author : David L. Morgan
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Richard Krueger offers a rich and valuable discussion of focus group analysis that is sure to become a major guide in future focus group efforts. Analysis of focus group data is different from analysis of data collected through other qualitative methodologies and this presents new challenges to researchers. This book overviews important principles guiding focus group research, suggests a systematic and verifiable analysis strategy. Krueger is not doctrinaire: he offers multiple approaches and invites others to share their strategies for analysis. The book is helpful for academic audiences, focus group practitioners and the occasional moderator. The straightforward approach contains hundreds of helpful tips.

Focus Group Discussions

Author : Monique M. Hennink
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The Understanding Research series focuses on the process of writing up social research. The series is broken down into three categories: Understanding Statistics, Understanding Measurement, and Understanding Qualitative Research. The books provide researchers with guides to understanding, writing, and evaluating social research. Each volume demonstrates how research should be represented, including how to write up the methodology as well as the research findings. Each volume also reviews how to appropriately evaluate published research. Focus Group Discussions addresses the challenges associated with conducting and writing focus group research. It provides detailed guidance on the practical and theoretical considerations in conducting focus group discussions including: designing the discussion guide, recruiting participants, training a field team, moderating techniques and ethical considerations. Monique Hennink describes how a methodology section is read and evaluated by others, such as journal reviewers or thesis advisors. She provides readers with guidance on specific aspects of presenting research findings, such structuring narrative accounts, developing an argument, using quotations, reporting focus group interaction, visual presentation formats, and strategies for grounding study results. She describes the challenges in assessing focus groups and details practical strategies for assessing scientific rigor. The book includes case study examples of field research across a range of disciplines and international contexts. Hennink concludes the volume with an overview of current debates relating to the evaluation of qualitative research, suggesting ways to critique the research design, methodology and results of focus group research.

Involving Community Members in Focus Groups

Author : Richard A. Krueger
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This book is a must for those who want to teach others to conduct focus group interviews, particularly non-researchers in communities. Richard Krueger and Jean King draw upon years of experience working with communities and present practical strategies for working alongside non-researchers. They argue that volunteers can often gather and present results more effectively than professionals. However, a critical element is how the volunteers are prepared and the manner in which they work together. This book offers countless tips, advice and exercises for preparing people to conduct focus groups, whether they are preparing a team to conduct a community study or teaching one person to help in a study.

Planning Focus Groups

Author : David L. Morgan
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Covers the range of practical tasks required in the course of a research project when using focus groups. This title emphasizes the clarifying purposes of the research project in order to collect data that meet the goals. It features a discussion of personnel and budgets.

The Handbook for Focus Group Research

Author : Thomas L Greenbaum
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As one of the most popular tools for gathering information in today's marketplace, focus groups require understanding of purpose and good grounding in the technique to be effective. In The Handbook for Focus Group Research, Second Edition, Thomas L. Greenbaum provides the latest information on conducting effective focus groups. New chapters in this 1997 edition discuss the technology revolution, globalization of focus groups, physician focus groups, and the effective management of field services and recruiting. With more than 20 years of experience in focus group research, Tom Greenbaum shows the reader in this essential guide how to maximize the effectiveness of focus groups in thorough discussions of moderators and their techniques, escalating costs, facilities, and careers. This book is essential for professionals and scholars interested in marketing and marketing research.

Focus Groups

Author : George Kamberelis
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Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversations is a conceptual and practical introduction to focus group. As the title indicates, focus groups traditionally encompass a wide range of discursive practices. These span from formal structured interviews with particular people assembled around clearly delimited topics to less formal, open-ended conversations with large and small groups that can unfold in myriad and unpredictable ways. Additionally, focus groups can and have served many overlapping purposes—from the pedagogical, to the political, to the traditionally empirical. In this book, focus groups are systematically explored; not as an extension or elaboration of interview work alone, but as its own specific research method with its own particular affordances. This book comprehensively explores: The nature of focus groups Politic and activist uses of focus groups Practical ways to run a successful focus group Effective analysis of focus group data Contemporary threats to focus groups Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversations is essential reading for qualitative researchers at every level, particularly those involved in education, nursing, social work, anthropology, and sociology disciplines.