comparative studies

International Qualitative Research on Teacher Education: Benefits, Challenges, and Future Directions

Author: James Underwood
Institution: University of Northampton
Author: Marta Kowalczuk-Walędziak
Institution: University of Białystok
Author: Joanne Barrow
Institution: University of Northampton
Year of publication: 2020
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Pages: 156-173
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PDF: kie/128/kie12809.pdf

In this article we explore and discuss the benefits of and the challenges that arise when using qualitative methods to conduct research internationally. We firstly discuss the relationship that writers of qualitative studies have with their readers and the implications of this for writing style. This is then followed by an overview of different aspects of data collection design. Within this section we discuss research that we have conducted, as part of a variety of international projects, using two qualitative approaches: systematic documentary research and interview. We then focus on using interview as a research method. This discussion regarding using interviews is divided into two chapters. Firstly, we discuss issues of access and sampling, then the interview itself and the analysis of interview data. The final sections involve a discussion of ways in which validity and reliability can be contextualised within qualitative studies, and also a discussion on generalisability and the possibility of theory generation. We conclude with sections on ethics and possible future directions for international qualitative studies into teacher education.

Znikający autostopowicz „made in China”. Analiza wątku legendowego w perspektywie komparatystyki kulturowej

Author: Aleksandra Brzostek-Przybyszewska
Institution: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
Year of publication: 2022
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Pages: 171-186
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PDF: npw/34/npw3408.pdf

The story of vanishing hitchhiker “made in China”. Urban legend plot analysis in the perspective of comparative studies

This article provides an urban legend plot analysis in the perspective of comparative studies on the example of a popular story of vanishing hitchhiker. A comparative analysis was conducted using the original versions of this legend in the United States and the variants appearing in mainland China. Research on the variability of this story was first carried out in the 1940s by American folklorists, Richard Beardsley and Rosalie Hankey, which constitute the foundation for further analysis of Eastern themes of this legend. The Chinese versions of the story analyzed in this article were collected on the basis of author’s own field research, including ethnographic interviews and netnographic research. The field work was conducted in 2016–2018 in mainland China, with particular emphasis on Beijing, excluding special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong and Macau) and Tibet.

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