11.233 Crafting Research Questions and Qualitative Methodology

As taught in: Fall 2005

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Patrons receive instruction on the resources available at MIT's Rotch Library. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Judith Tendler

Salo Coslovsky
(Teaching Assistant)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of required and optional readings as well as the major course assignments, including brief instructions on certain readings aimed at helping prepare for class discussions.

Course Description

This course covers approaches to research and evaluation in the planning field, for those preparing to write 1st-year doctoral and other research papers. Topics include narrowing down research interests, using quantitative and qualitative techniques complementarily, and interviewing and other fieldwork challenges. The course uses a seminar-type format in which readings, class discussions, and assignments are built around (1) generic themes that run across the research interests and paper topics of students in the class, and (2) lessons about methodology to be learned from the case comparison studies assigned.