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The Limitations of Survey Research Methods in Assessing the Problem of Minority Student Retention in Higher Education

The Focus-group Method as One Alternative. Distinguished Dissertations

By (author) Abdul Karim Bangura
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1992
Dimensions: w 165mm h 240mm d 13mm
Weight: 386g
ISBN-10: 0773498303
ISBN-13: 9780773498303
Barcode No: 9780773498303
Drawing from recent surveys and studies, this study posits that survey research approaches are quite limited for investigating the problem of minority student retention in higher education. Survey research emphasizes standardized procedures, experimental control, quantitative measures and statistical analysis, resulting often in the role of language being ignored. This calls, asserts the author, for alternative approaches embodying the view that interview is a form of discourse. The contrast between this view and mainstream survey interviewing is used to develop a framework for systematic exposition of the alternatives. One such approach is the focus-group method, a variation of the depth interview.

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