Focusing on what counts: using exploratory focus groups to enhance the development of an electronic survey in a mixed-methods research design

Natal'ya Galliott, Linda J. Graham

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the use of exploratory focus groups to inform the development of a survey instrument in a sequential phase mixed methods study investigating differences in secondary students’ career choice capability. Five focus groups were conducted with 23 year 10 students in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Analysis of the focus group data informed the design of the instrument for the second phase of the research project: a large-scale cross-sectional survey. In this paper, we discuss the benefits of using sequential phase mixed method approaches when inquiring into complex phenomena such as human capability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    Number of pages16
    JournalJoint AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference, Brisbane 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventThe Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference - Brisbane
    Duration: 30 Nov 20144 Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • sequential mixed methods
    • focus groups
    • survey development
    • adolescents
    • agency

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