Methodology and Statistics I
Full course descriptionThe lectures, tutorials and training sessions that constitute this course are designed to encourage active use of M&S knowledge in qualitative and quantitative studies. During a series of lectures and training sessions students will practice with decision making concerning methodological issues (qualitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approach; sampling issues, in- and exclusion criteria, choice of setting, data-collection, selection/application of quality measures, selection/application of statistical tools, questionnaire design). The first four to five weeks of the course will be dedicated to qualitative research. From the fifth week onwards the course will shift focus to quantitative approaches. Lectures will provide a framework for issues related to quantitative/epidemiological data analysis. Hands-on training in data analysis using SPSS will further develop skill and understanding. Attention will be given to more advanced statistical topics such as multiple regression, factor analysis and reliability analysis. The use of questionnaires in identifying and quantifying latent variables will be discussed. Furthermore, as a review of assumptions required for various statistical techniques, the students will become acquainted with problems encountered in analyzing data collected at various levels and aggregated data as this type of data is typical in the global health arena. The problems related to the development of questionnaires as measurement tools and also the validation of standard questionnaires in other cultural or health settings will be addressed. The quantitative part of this course will consist of lectures, interactive lectures and a data analysis training sessions. The hands-on data analysis training sessions will take place in a computer lab where students either work individually or in pairs, according to choice. Tutorial trainings are available for each topic and the trainings are concluded with a practice exercise.
Course objectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will • be able to actively apply their knowledge of M&S on research problems of their own • have expanded their basic statistical and methodological knowledge to advanced topics such as questionnaire design, factor analysis, and multivariate modelling techniques • have knowledge of major issues involved in cross-national and cross-cultural (comparative) studies • be familiar with qualitative research methods
Recommended reading• Van Belle, G.(2004), Chapter 2: A methodology for the health sciences. Wiley-Interscience. • Creswell, J. (2009) Research design, qualitative and mixed method approaches. London: Sage 3e edition. • Field, A., (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS (third edition), Sage Publications. • Finlay, L. (2006). Qualitative research for allied health professionals: challenging choices. • Grbich, C. (2003); Qualitative Research in Health; London: Sage. • Green, J. (2009). Qualitative methods for health research. London. Sage, 2nd edition. • Harkness, J. (May, 2010) Cross-cultural survey guidelines: VI Questionnaire Design. http://ccsg.isr.umich.edu/qnrdev.cfm • Harzing, A. (2006). Response style in cross-national survey research, a 26-country study. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. Vol. 6, pp 213-265. • Kaplan, D. (2004) The SAGE handbook of quantitative methodology for the social sciences. Sage Publications. • Liamputtong, P. (2010) Performing qualitative cross-cultural research; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. • Markle, W.H., Fisher, M.A. & Smego, R.A. (2007) Understanding Global Health; McGraw Hill, New York. SL WA 540 MW6 & SG WA 540. • Marschan-Piekkari, R. & Welch, C. (eds) (2004) Handbook of qualitative research methods for international business. Cheltenham: Elgar. • Morse, J. & Field, P.A. (1995); Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals; London Sage, 2nd edition. • Neergaard, H. & Parm Ulhoi, J. (eds) (2007) Handbook of qualitative research methods in entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Elgar. • Polit D.F., C.T. Beck (2008). Nursing research, gerating and assessing evidence for nursing practice: . J.P. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. 8th edition. • Silverman, D. (2001) Doing qualitative research a practical handbook. Los Angelos: Sage. • Sousa, V.D., Rojjanasirat, W. (2011) Translation, adaptation and validation of instruments or scales for use in cross-cultural health care research; a clear and use-friendly guideline. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Vol. 17, Issue 2.
30 Aug 2021
17 Dec 2021
Teaching methods:Assignment(s), Lecture(s), Paper(s), Skills, Training(s)
Assessment methods:Written exam, Assignment, Attendance
Keywords:Qualitative data analysis; quantitative data analysis; mixed methods; questionnaire design; cross-country and cultural comparison; multivariate methods; research design.