Focus Group Interviews In Education And Psychology / Edition 1

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Overview

While there are many books that address focus groups, most are directed at business and marketing. This book differs by demonstrating the specific steps necessary to conduct focus groups in educational and psychological settings.

Using numerous examples, the authors show how to prepare for a focus group, create a moderator's guide, select a setting and analyze results. In addition, there is a chapter on focus groups with children and adolescents. Each chapter contains procedural tables as well as applications for performing 'trial runs' of the techniques discussed.

The book contains no figures.

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The authors describe how to prepare for a focus group, create a moderator's guide, select a setting, and analyze the results. Each chapter contains numerous procedural tables as well as end-of- chapter applications for performing trial runs of the techniques discussed. Paper edition (5893-5), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803958937
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Shay Schumm joined the University of Miami faculty in 1988 and became department chair in 1998. She received the Vice President’s Service Award in 1992. A former elementary teacher, Schumm earned her Ph.D. in reading from the university, and has since attended numerous professional development workshops on research, literacy, and grants administration. Currently she serves as Professor-in-Residence at Henry S. West Laboratory School.

She has written and contributed to several books, including School Power , Handbook for the K-12 Reading Resource Specialist , How to Help Your Child with Homework , and Promising Practices in Urban Reading Instruction. She recently edited a textbook entitled, Reading Assessment and Instruction for All Learners. Her professional articles include Grouping Suggestions for the Classroom: What Do Our Basal Reading Series Tell Us? in Reading Research and Instruction.

Schumm has served as co-principal investigator of numerous studies, including Project RESSULTS (Reading Endorsement Supports Scientific Up-to-Date Language Teaching Strategies), Project Succeed (Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant), and South Florida Annenberg Challenge Program Evaluation. She is currently conducting research as part of an ongoing tutorial program, UM STARS.

She has served on the editorial advisory boards of The Reading Teacher, Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, Journal of Developmental Education, and Reading Research and Instruction. Schumm is also a member of the International Reading Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Florida Reading Association, and National Reading Conference.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Introduction 1
2 Why Use Focus Group Interviews in Educational and Psychological Research? 12
3 Application of Focus Group Interviews for Educational and Psychological Research 22
4 Preparing for the Focus Group 36
5 Selection of Participants 56
6 Role of the Moderator 74
7 Data Analysis 96
8 Putting It All Together: Steps in Conducting Focus Group Interviews 118
9 Use of Focus Groups With Children and Adolescents 128
10 Potential Abuses of Focus Group Interviews 144
References 156
Author Index 163
Subject Index 167
About the Authors 173
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