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RUNNING HEAD: Activity-oriented questions in student focus groups

Winstone, Naomi and Bourne, Jessica (2020) RUNNING HEAD: Activity-oriented questions in student focus groups International Journal of Research & Method in Education.

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Surfacing student voices is of upmost importance in higher education institutions. However, use of large-scale student surveys may not represent the most effective method of eliciting meaningful student perspectives. Focus groups have the potential to elicit a more authentic student voice through greater engagement with students. Furthermore, activities incorporated into these discussions may be beneficial in the higher education context. The aim of this manuscript is to explore the use of activities in focus group discussions within a project focussed on students’ use of feedback. We draw on focus group discussion transcripts, debrief transcripts, field notes and activity artefacts to demonstrate how activities can be incorporated into focus group discussions. The findings indicate several benefits to using activities in higher education focus group discussions. As such, a framework to guide use of activities, based on the purpose of the focus groups, is provided within the context of higher education research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Bourne, Jessica
Date : 29 April 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : focus groups; methodology; higher education; qualitative research
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata Pending
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 20 Jul 2020 09:15
Last Modified : 30 Oct 2020 02:08

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