Qualitative Research Methodology: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Qualitative Research Methodology: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dibya | Oct 24, 2016

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The Humanities and Social Sciences Department conducted a self-sponsored Short-Term course on Qualitative Research Methodology for Research Scholars and NGO Professionals from 7th to 9th October 2016. The welcome ceremony was graced by Prof. R.K. Sahoo, former interim director of NIT Rourkela, Prof. G.K Panda, Dean, SRICCE and Prof. U.N. Dash, former Professor of Psychology from Utkal University and the University of Delhi.

Ms. Pallavi Kanungo introduced the dignitaries to the audience. Prof. Nihar Ranjan Mishra, Head of Department of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences then welcomed all the dignitaries and Prof. Ramakrishna Biswal, the Principal Coordinator of the course, deliberated on the objective and necessity of the course during his welcome address. Prof. R.K.Sahoo and Prof. G.K Panda welcomed the Guest of Honour and the participants of the course in their respective welcome addresses. The guest of Honour, Prof. U.N Dash beautified the noteworthiness of the qualitative research methods to comprehend the importance of quality behind quantification and acquire knowledge of qualitative research methodology to decipher the research findings and successively assist proper formulation and execution of policies.

The event housed 20 participants from different parts of the country along with the research scholars of Humanities and Social Sciences and Management department. The objective of the STC program was to provide a preparation stage for the research scholars and NGO professionals and to orient them on the basics of qualitative research and data interpretation at different phases of their research work. The goals of this course were to train the participants on the hidden research rationalities and possible qualitative research designs in Humanities, Social Sciences, Management and Library Sciences. Moreover, the emphasis was laid on the Research Methods and Analysis of Qualitative Data, Ethnographic methods, Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills, Ethical Research, and Plagiarism. The whole course was partitioned into 7 segments i.e. Qualitative Research Method, Research tools and techniques, Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Plagiarism Check through “Turnitin” and other useful tools with demonstration, Ethnography, and Narrative analysis, Tips on Research Proposal and Paper writing.

The aforementioned course was divided into three days. The first day started with the introduction to Qualitative Research by Dr. R.K. Biswal. Moreover, hands on experience were provided to the participants on critically analyzing and evaluating the published papers by using qualitative research methods in their respective fields of research, ethical research, and learning about the attitude towards ethical research. A special session on plagiarism and research tools was conducted for the participants by Dr. B. Gunjal, Ms. P. Mishra and Mr. V.K Mishra from Biju Pattnaik Central Library of NIT Rourkela.

On the first day of the course the participants got an exposure on how to present research proposal, take up challenging qualitative research work for thesis, conference paper, journal, article etc confidently without any hassle.

On the second day, it was an awesome open door for the participants to get training under Prof. U.N Dash. The session concentrated on content analysis. This session additionally included lessons on a variety of qualitative research methods, action research, and case study research. His encounters of bestowing learning were basic yet hypnotizing that made participants listen to him for the entire session. The evening session was taken up by Dr. M. Satpathy on Discourse Analysis, Ethnography and Narrative Analysis.

On the third day, Dr. Mantu Kumar Mahalick provided useful tips on Research Proposal and Paper writing.

On a final note, Prof. U.N Dash said,

 Watch your words that will make your actions, watch your actions that will make your habit, watch your habits that will make your character and finally watch your character because that will frame your destiny. We get training on how to grow mushrooms, how to teach in the classroom, how to raise the cattle etc, however it is surprising that we don't have any training for the parents on the best way to bring up their kids.

 He wished all the participants good luck and advised them to follow these four ideologies -

  •   Never try to get self-identity by comparing yourself with others.
  •  One must learn from the past but never allow the past to invade the present.
  •  Do not have great expectations by providing lesser contributions.
  •  Success is a long route, never try to achieve it by shortcuts.

According to Prof. Ramakrishna Biswal and Prof. Mantu Kumar Mahalik, the essential goals of the program were achieved and participants carried a good memory to their respective profession along with effective qualitative research methods exposure. With the vote of thanks by the coordinator, Prof. Mantu Kumar Mahalik, the inauguration program came to an end.

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