Reporting focus group findings in relation to the interaction of group participants

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151313
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Presentation
Title:
Reporting focus group findings in relation to the interaction of group participants
Abstract:
Reporting focus group findings in relation to the interaction of group participants
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Meskell, Pauline
P.I. Institution Name:National University of Ireland Galway
Title:PhD student
[Research Presentation] A focus group interview is a qualitative research method for gathering information in a group environment, allowing the investigation of a multitude of perceptions on a defined focused area of interest. Detailed narrative data is collected from interacting individuals having a similarity of interest.áA key feature of focus groups is the active encouragement of interaction among group participants as a source of data, as this is central to the accessing of data that would not emerge if other methods were used. However, a major criticism with focus group research highlights the fact that there is a paucity of any reference to the group dynamics or interaction in the analysis of focus group data. In a preliminary study investigating the clinical role of nurse lecturers in Ireland exploratory focus group discussions were carried out with groups of students, nurse lecturers and clinical nurse managers, identified as key stakeholders in nurse education, in order to elicit their perceptions of the role, its effectiveness, relevance, value and direction. Data analysis involved thematic analysis of the data derived from transcribed audiotapes and a summary of the conclusions. The process aspects of the focus groups were analysed using observational data and notes taken during the focus group sessions. Observational data concerned group dynamics and how these were evidenced in terms of alliances, reactions to particular issues, related issues, tones of voice used, dominant characters or reserved contributors, group conflict or consensus on specific issues, group adherence to presented áissues, and how emotions in the group were handled. As a result of this process guidelines are suggested to aid the analysis of process aspects of focus groups to enhance discussion of data in terms of group interaction.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReporting focus group findings in relation to the interaction of group participantsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151313-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Reporting focus group findings in relation to the interaction of group participants</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Meskell, Pauline</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">National University of Ireland Galway</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">PhD student</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">p.meskell1@nuigalway.ie</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] A focus group interview is a qualitative research method for gathering information in a group environment, allowing the investigation of a multitude of perceptions on a defined focused area of interest. Detailed narrative data is collected from interacting individuals having a similarity of interest.&aacute;A key feature of focus groups is the active encouragement of interaction among group participants as a source of data, as this is central to the accessing of data that would not emerge if other methods were used. However, a major criticism with focus group research highlights the fact that there is a paucity of any reference to the group dynamics or interaction in the analysis of focus group data. In a preliminary study investigating the clinical role of nurse lecturers in Ireland exploratory focus group discussions were carried out with groups of students, nurse lecturers and clinical nurse managers, identified as key stakeholders in nurse education, in order to elicit their perceptions of the role, its effectiveness, relevance, value and direction. Data analysis involved thematic analysis of the data derived from transcribed audiotapes and a summary of the conclusions. The process aspects of the focus groups were analysed using observational data and notes taken during the focus group sessions. Observational data concerned group dynamics and how these were evidenced in terms of alliances, reactions to particular issues, related issues, tones of voice used, dominant characters or reserved contributors, group conflict or consensus on specific issues, group adherence to presented &aacute;issues, and how emotions in the group were handled. As a result of this process guidelines are suggested to aid the analysis of process aspects of focus groups to enhance discussion of data in terms of group interaction.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:58:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:58:23Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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