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Performing focus groups: Unsettling 'blueprints'


Christensen, C and Dwyer, AE, Performing focus groups: Unsettling 'blueprints', Performing educational research : theories, methods and practices, Post Pressed, McWilliam, Erica, Danby, Susan, and Knight, John (ed), Flaxton, QLD, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1-876682-61-3 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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This paper will explore the use of focus groups from two theoretical perspectives: poststructuralism and critical realism. The authors will bring together their understandings of these frameworks in the context of performing the focus group as a research method. They seek in particular to unsettle the notion that there is a particular ‘blueprint’ for conducting this research, as is implied in the literature discussing focus group method. Rather, they aim to highlight the importance of thinking about this method in terms of the theoretical framework being applied, in other words, how the theoretical ideas inform the performance of the research.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:focus groups, research methods, methodology, theory, literature, performance, poststructuralism, critical realism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural theory
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:107080
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-03
Last Modified:2018-07-16

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