Summary Of A Qualitative Study

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The study adopts a qualitative research method in its design. Qualitative research seeks answers to question in a systematic manner to generates findings that are applicable beyond the immediate boundaries of this research and that the researcher cannot determine in advance. The qualitative method is particularly useful in collecting culturally-specific information regarding the opinions, social contexts, values and behaviors of particular populations. It is thus suited in this study on perceptions (Klenke, Martin, & Wallace, 2015). The main strength of the qualitative research method is the ability to generate complex textual descriptions of the manner people experience a particular research issue (Johnson & Christensen, 2013). It offers information …show more content…
Grounded theory involves category identification with integration of the categories to come up with a theory (Oktay, 2012). It is a method of qualitative research that uses bottom-up procedures in a systematic manner using the actual data collected in the system, reflecting in the phenomenon of the main concepts using inductive methods and identifying links between the concepts to form a theory viewpoint. Essentially, it is a research method that builds a theory from data (Somekh & Lewin, 2011). This provides an explanatory framework applicable in understanding the phenomenon under investigation. In this study, the researcher identifies the categories emerging from the developed data on the socio-economic standards of southern and northern suburbs of Illinois with focus being on teacher evaluation data that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides. The researcher refines and integrates the data covering the views of teachers and school administrators to identify the effectiveness of the FFT in teacher performance and student outcomes. The theory resulting from applying the grounded theory method is a general explanation of the Danielson’s FFT on the basis of the views of the large number of participants within the given regions. The data to develop the theory in this case will be administrative documents and records. The grounded theory method remains …show more content…
Purposive sampling technique is used in establishing this population but covering the entire population of interest. In particular, the study focuses on high-school teachers and school administrators. The research does not include the teachers that were not subject to the FFT as the teacher evaluation model. As well, the school administrators who are part of this study are those with experience in using the FFT to administer teacher evaluation. The researcher finds these details from the administrative records in the ISBE’s website. The conventional methods of data collection such as interviews and questionnaires are inapplicable. It is by examining stored administrative records that the study captures the perceptions about Danielson’s FTT in improving teaching performance and student outcomes. Two main primary source of data apply in this study. The first data of interest is on the socio-economic standards of southern and northern suburbs of Illinois pertinent to teacher evaluation. The other primary source of data is by the ISBE. The education regulatory body acts as the custodian of data on teacher evaluation. It further provides leadership and resources to facilitate improved education performance across Illinois. The researcher relies on the

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