Course Identification

Qualitative research: Approaches and methodologies

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Dr. Keren Dalyot

Course Schedule and Location

Full Year
Monday, 10:45 - 12:15, FGS, Rm 5

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Science Teaching: Lecture; Obligatory; Regular; 2.00 points


Every other week





Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation

Required in at least 80% of the lectures

Grade Type

Numerical (out of 100)

Grade Breakdown (in %)


Evaluation Type

Take-home exam

Scheduled date 1


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



In this course we will explore and experience central characteristics, issues, and dilemmas associated with qualitative research.
Through readings, discussions, class exercises and assignments, this course covers the following points:

1.    The assumptions of a qualitative research approach and the relationship between methodology and questions.

2.    Assessment of various studies in education and other fields that use qualitative methodology.

3.    The processes of preparation for conducting research.

4.    Collection and management of data.

5.    Procedures of data analysis.

6.    The researcher as an element in a study.

7.    Conducting research in a systematic and ethical fashion.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  1. Apply appropriate methodologies to relevant research questions. 
  2. Develop a plan to guide a qualitative study.
  3. Critically analyze qualitative research reports and studies.
  4. Use beginner skills of qualitative researcher.

Reading List

Course main textbook: Marshall, C., and Rossman, G. (2014).  Designing qualitative research (6th Ed.), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Additional Required readings:

דושניק, ל' (2011). ניתוח נתונים במחקר האיכותני: הצעה לארבעה עקרונות מנחים. בתוך: ע' גוברמן וג' ספקטור-מרזל

(עורכות). שבילי מחקר – שנתון מס' 11. הוצאת מכון מופ"ת. עמ' 137-14 

* הד- מצויינים, ע. ( 2016)  . הבניה משותפת של זהות "תלמידה מתקשה": שגרות שיח בין מורה לתלמידתה ותפקידם בהנצחת קשיי למידה במתמטיקה. כתב עת למחקר ולעיון בחינוך מתמטי, 4 , עמ' 124-147

צבר בן יהושע, נ. (2001) (עורכת) מסורות וזרמים במחקר האיכותני

שקדי א' (2001) מלים המנסים לגעת - גישה דיגיטלית דרך אתר כותר

Agee  J. (2009). Developing qualitative research questions: a reflective
process, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22:4, 431-447

* Ayalon, M., & Even, R. (2016). Factors shaping students’ opportunities to engage in classroom argumentative activity. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 14(3), 575-601

* Besley, J. C., Dudo, A. D., Yuan, S., & Ghannam, N. A. (2016). Qualitative Interviews With Science Communication Trainers About Communication Objectives and Goals. Science Communication, 38(3), 356–381. 

Dwyer, S. C., & Buckle, J. L. (2009). The Space Between: On Being an Insider-Outsider in Qualitative Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(1), 54–63. 

Freeman, M., deMarrais, K., Preissle, J., Roulston, K., & St. Pierre, E. A. (2007). Standards of evidence in qualitative research: An incitement to discourse. Educational Researcher 36(1) 25-32 

Johnson, R.B. & Onwuegbuzie, A.J. (2004). Mixed methods research: A research paradigm whose time has come. Educational Researcher 33(7), pp. 14-26. 

Hammer, D., & Berland, L. K. (2014). Confusing claims for data: A critique of common practices for presenting qualitative research on learning. Journal of the Learning Sciences23(1), 37-46.

Guetterman, T. C. (2015). Descriptions of Sampling Practices Within Five Approaches to Qualitative Research in Education and the Health Sciences [48 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(2), Art. 25,

* Marshall, C., Dalyot, K., & Galloway, S. (2014). Sexual harassment in higher education: Re-framing the puzzle of its persistence. Journal of Policy Practice, 13(4).

Patton, M.Q. (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapter 6: Field work strategies and observation methods. 

Roth, W-M & von Unger H. (2018). Current Perspectives on Research Ethics in Qualitative Research.  Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(3). Art. 33.  

Way, N. (2005) Striving for engagement: Reflections from a qualitative researcher. Journal of Adolescent Research.  20(5), pp. 531-537.