Research Methods Workshop
Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
OHSU West Campus
Wilson Conference Center, Room 407
Beaverton, OR 97006
About the Event
Purpose of workshop
To familiarize academic librarians with reasons for doing quantitative or qualitative research, with a focus on stepping through an example of the qualitative research process. This workshop is being put on by the Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group (RIG). The RIG facilitates communication and discovery between institutions, providing a forum for discussion and development of collaborative research related to all aspects of library work.
This research methods workshop will include:
- An examination of the philosophy of research methods and designing research questions
- The methods and ethical issues involved in working with subjects and collecting data
- Walking through the steps of analysis of a project, including dealing with confidential data and developing useful categories
- How to use data from an initial piece of research and decide what to focus on or research further
- Overview of how text analysis is done with tools such as NVivo.
We will be using data from the “open comments” box on a LibQual survey to examine and go through these steps of analysis as an example of how to go through the process.
Presented by: Dr. Renee Guarriello Heath, University of Portland
Prof. Heath, Ph.D. (University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005) has studied power and decision-making in community stakeholder groups since 1997. Her work on community collaboration has been published in major communication journals and annuals including the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook. Her most recent qualitative project, a study of voice and participation in policy setting, has been accepted as a top four paper in the Organizational Division of Western States Communication annual meeting to be presented in Alaska in March, 2010. She consults and trains diverse groups seeking collaborative skills. In addition to her graduate-level teaching in diverse communication research methods, Heath has trained academic groups on qualitative data collection and analysis.