Listening to learn: using focus group interviews in cross-cultural settings

Publication Year:
2009
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.hamline.edu/hse_all/396
Author(s):
Koski, Gail A
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Education
thesis / dissertation description
This qualitative study used a mixed-method research design to investigate modifications needed to focus group methodology for use in southern Sudan. Data from five individual interviews informed the design and conduct of three focus group interviews. Participant and observer feedback from the focus groups verified data from the individual interviews and provided further data on factors important to the use of focus groups for quality research in this context. Key research for this study came from Krueger and Casey (2009), Morgan (1993), and Patton (2002). Findings indicated that this methodology does produce quality data when accommodation is made for cultural norms for group discussion. Answering this question was important for me because I wanted to use focus groups to gather data for a needs assessment project for the planning of an EFL program in southern Sudan.