Focus group interviews (Advanced) – ONLINE

Focus group interviews (Advanced) – ONLINE

  • 12/05/2022
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Course details

qualitative course | level: advanced | register now
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affiliation: Ghent University


This online interactive seminar reviews the theory and practice of focus group methods, and demonstrates how researchers can use focus groups to understand the issues, needs and ideas of particular groups. The seminar starts with a short repetition of the basic issues of focus groups. After that, participants will learn more about the history of focus groups, ethical issues, developing interview guides, focus groups designs, capturing group discussions, different types of participants, online focus groups, points of attention in working with diverse groups, using focus groups alone or in combination with other research methods, etc. The morning session will focus on theoretical aspects of conducting focus groups. The afternoon session will be more interactive and include practical group exercises in breakout rooms.


Background readings


PhDs or postdocs of a Flemish university: free of charge
Other academics/Non-profit/Public sector: 150 €
Private sector: 400 €

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Dorien Brosens is Assistant Professor/postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Educational Sciences (VUB) where she coordinates research about learning and participation of prisoners. She is one of the leading members of the interdisciplinary research group ‘PArticipation and Learning in Detention’ (PALD). She has been involved in various national and European participatory research projects within prisons. Her main research focuses are prison participation, formal and informal learning, peer support and active citizenship. Besides, she has experiences with both qualitative (e.g. focus group interviews, in-depth interviews) and quantitative methods (e.g. surveys).

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