ISR Spring Seminar Courses

Simulation Research: Proving the Unprovable

Simulation research examines processes (e.g., decision making, problem solving) in a laboratory situation where extraneous or confounding factors can be eliminated. Survey research relates attitudes to respondents' real-life roles but in simulation research the blue collar worker, for example, is asked to be a diplomat; the executive, a union leader. Simulation research provides researchers with more exact knowledge of what their efforts for social change can mean.

Takes place on Monday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon in Room 107 Stedman Lecture Halls. Instructor: Prof. Thelma McCormack.

Collecting Data in Mail Surveys

Discusses the merits of mail surveys, including advantages and limitations in terms of questionnaire content, sampling issues, and costs. There follows a review of the implementation of mail surveys, emphasizing data quality and maximizing response rates through careful planning and monitoring the survey in progress. The number and timing of mailouts, as well as the layout and length of mail surveys, are discussed.

Takes place on Wednesday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon in Room 107 Stedman Lecture Halls. Instructor: John Pollard.

Interpreting Qualitative Data I: An Overview

Focuses on strategies for analyzing qualitative social science research materials, such as field notes and transcripts of in-depth interviews and focus groups. Organized around the major themes of keeping track of what you are doing, what you are finding and how you are feeling about it, the session will pay particular attention to coding and indexing as integral components of the analytic process.

Takes place on Tuesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 1:00-3:30 p.m. in Room 1158 Vari Hall. Instructor: Darla Rhyne.

Interpreting Qualitative Data II: A Case Study

Presents a particular focus group study from conceptualization, through coding, to final analysis. This seminar will help participants understand the nature of focus group work and concerns associated with coding and analysis. Participants will be asked to listen to taped segments of a focus group meeting and to carry out some elementary coding.

Takes place on Wednesday, May 15 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (there will be a one-hour lunch break) in Room 1158 Vari Hall. Instructor: Prof. Paul Grayson.

Interpreting Qualitative Data III: How to Do Things with Texts

Introduces how PCs can be used to collect, manage, search, retrieve and analyze text-based data. Tools and techniques for data entry, editing, coding, markup, tagging, verification, standardization, indexing, retrieval, concordance, text comparison and classification are discussed. Commercial, shareware and free software will be discussed, along with useful Internet resources.

Takes place on Thursday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon in Room 1158 Vari Hall. Instructor: Prof. Paul Craven.

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