PAM005 Qualitative Research

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
prof. Mgr. Klára Šeďová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Barbora Nekardová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Klára Šeďová, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Zelená
Supplier department: Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Thu 8:00–9:40 D21
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 10/10, only registered: 0/10
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to qualitative research methodology and the possibilities of its application in educational sciences. Students are first acquainted with the theoretical background of a qualitative paradigm. Subsequently, the procedure for a qualitative research survey is discussed in detail and in partial steps. Students work in groups. Each group chooses their own research question and students in each step work on their own practice research project. During the course, students gradually carry out six seminar assignments that are evaluated on a continuous basis. The final outcome of the course is preparation of a research report and its defence at the final seminar.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course students will be able to: Understand the philosophical foundations of qualitative research. Identify the research problem appropriate for a qualitative research survey. Correctly formulate a research question suitable for qualitative research. Adequately plan research design. Design a semi-structured in-depth interview scheme and conduct an interview using this scheme. Apply basic analytical techniques: open coding, categorization, analytical storytelling. Interpret interview data. Write a research report summarizing their own research survey and its results.
  • 1. The theoretical and methodological basis of qualitative research 2. The possibilities and limits of qualitative research 3. Qualitative research design 4. Phases of qualitative research and their planning 5. Techniques of data collection 6. Conducting and recording an interview 7. Qualitative data analysis: open coding 8. Qualitative data analysis: preparing an outline of an analytical story 9. Qualitative data analysis: interpretation 10. Writing of a research report 11. Criteria of quality in qualitative research
    required literature
  • ŠEĎOVÁ, Klára and Roman ŠVAŘÍČEK. Jak psát kvalitativně orientované výzkumné studie. Kvalita v kvalitativním výzkumu (How to write qualitatively oriented research studies. Quality in qualitative research). Pedagogická orientace. Brno: Česká pedagogická společnost, 2013, vol. 23, No 4, p. 478-510. ISSN 1211-4669. doi:10.5817/PedOr2013-4-478. Full text info
  • ŠVAŘÍČEK, Roman and Klára ŠEĎOVÁ. Kvalitativní výzkum v pedagogických vědách: pravidla hry (Qualitative Research in Educational Sciences: Game Rules). Další autor:M.Sedláček,P.Novotný,K.Nedbálková,M.Miková,T.Janík,O.Kaščák,J.Zounek. vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2007. 384 pp. Pedagogika. ISBN 978-80-7367-313-0. URL info
  • HENDL, Jan. Kvalitativní výzkum : základní metody a aplikace. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2005. 407 s. ISBN 8073670402. info
    recommended literature
  • GAVORA, Peter. Sprievodca metodológiou kvalitatívneho výskumu. 2. vyd. Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo UK, 2007. 229 s. ISBN 9788022323178. info
  • MIOVSKÝ, Michal. Kvalitativní přístup a metody v psychologickém výzkumu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2006. 332 s. ISBN 9788024713625. info
  • SILVERMAN, David. Ako robiť kvalitatívny výskum : praktická príručka. Translated by Martin Štulrajter. Bratislava: Ikar, 2005. 327 s. ISBN 8055109044. info
  • HOLLIDAY, Adrian. Doing and writing qualitative research. London: SAGE, 2002. xi, 211. ISBN 0761963928. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar, group work
Assessment methods
6 continuous assignments, final defence of a group research project
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2023.
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