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Crafting the art of research observations: Ethical concerns, other dilemmas and solutions
Dr Christina Gkonou is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics. She is also Deputy Director of Education, Ethics Officer and Programme Leader for the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She convenes postgraduate modules on teacher education and development, and on psychological aspects surrounding the foreign language learning and teaching experience. Her main research area is language learner and teacher emotions. In her research, she adopts a qualitative, narrative-based approach to issues of participants’ emotions and identities mainly through observations of their behaviours, in-depth interviews and reflective documents.
19/02/2020 - 29/04/2020
University of Essex
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This one-day course will centre on observations as a qualitative data collection instrument within a range of disciplines (e.g. humanities, social sciences). Observations offer valuable insights into how a phenomenon under investigation occurs in the ‘real world’, yet they are presented with a number of ethical complications and often generate messy data which are challenging for researchers to handle (Rose & McKinley, 2017). The course will comprise: 1) a theoretical part in which observations will be critically discussed by also considering the presenters’ experiences with conducting observations, and 2) a practical part during which participants will observe a conversation happening in class and apply the principles and techniques presented in the theoretical part. The course will address the following questions:
By the end of the course, participants should be able to:
Additionally, they will have made their first attempt to collect and analyse observational data during the practical stage of the course.
There is no requirement for students to have completed reading in advance of the course or already developed an observation schedule. However, it would be useful if they will have given some thought of what situations and type of participants they are likely to observe and what they would like to focus on during the observations.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£150 for external academics/ commercial participants
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East of England
Data Collection, Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Research Management and Impact, Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination
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