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Advanced Focus Group Research
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Advanced Focus Group Research

  • Edward F. Fern - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA


June 2001 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 

Advanced Focus Group Research examines the focus group research process in depth. It uncovers and addresses many of the complexities researchers encounter in conducting focus group research and introduces a conceptual framework that helps researchers make informed decisions about how to plan a focus group research project. Specifically written for researchers and students with a fundamental knowledge of focus group research, the book gives numerous examples of what researchers should and should not do in designing their own research projects. In addition, it critically examines the limits of focus groups and suggests how to use focus groups for nontraditional research tasks.


 
Introduction and Conceptual Framework
 
Group Composition, Individual Charecteristics, and Cohesion
 
The Research Setting
 
The Focus Group Moderator
 
Factors That Affect the Focus Group Discussion Process
 
Methodological Issues in Focus Group Research
Representativeness, Independence, Degrees of Freedom, and Theory Confirmation

 
 
Exploratory Tasks
 
Experiential Tasks
 
Clinical Tasks
 
Planning and Reporting Future Focus Group Research

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