Research Design: Qualitative Research Methodology

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Research Design This study will use a qualitative, descriptive research methodology. Qualitative research can be defined as an overarching concept of several forms of research which help to illuminate and explain the meaning of phenomenon in social settings (Merriam, 1998). The data collection methodologies included in qualitative research are observations, interviews, and analysis of written documents and artifacts (Patton, 2002). The interview using the guide questions will allow for greater analysis of individual depth and detail. The case study method is the preferred choice of methodology given that it allows the researcher to explore additional avenues of information that may arise in the case study of the participating higher education…show more content…
First published in 2009, the QS University Rankings for Asia adopts a methodology that consists of the following indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per paper, papers per faculty, international faculty, international students, inbound exchange students and outbound exchange students. QS was chosen since major part of their indicator as criterion for the ranking focuses on the activities related to the internationalization of education in…show more content…
She enumerated them using three steps. This study will be guided by these steps as to be able to analyse systematically the data that will be collected from the various sources used in the study. The following three stages will be used to illustrate this process of data analysis: Stage 1 - Describing Experience. Zucher (2009) explained that in this stage the researcher creates interview questions prior to the first interview, which serve as a script for moving the interviewer closer to eliciting experience and meaning from participants in each succeeding interview. The questions should be broad and loosely structured, following the intent of the research questions. Next, the interview questions are accompanied by a list of possible sources of data. The literature was revisited between interviews to gain a better understanding of new data. Clear conceptualizations assisted in taking definitions into the study, and combined with the other sources of data, comprised the mass of data available to study the phenomenon of interest. Thinking in metaphors, and creating simplistic models and thematic maps were essential activities in data management. Mapping the data and the experience if needed from multiple data sources is an important task that will be done to facilitate the
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