May 26, 2019 10:46 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The concluding day of 7 days national workshop on qualitative research methods in social sciences organised by Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management (CALEM), Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh focussed on the theoretical bases to qualitative research and phenomenology.

In first session Prof. S. Srinivas Rao, Chairperson, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, JNU, New Delhi focused on whether theory is a starting point or end point in qualitative research. He focused that in quantitative research is theory driven but in qualitative research one can explore beyond the known and can deliberate upon whether if the findings go with the existing theory or a new theoretical base emerges.

In second session Prof. Raj K. Gupta from Department of Education, Panjab University dwelled on using phenomenology in social sciences issues. She elaborated on the assumptions and steps for conducting phenomenology.

The session was followed by valedictory session, where Dr. Kuldeep Kaur, Program and CALEM co-coordinator presented the report of seven days of the workshop and participants also shared their experiences about the workshop.

The chief guest for valedictory session was Prof. Sardara Singh Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda. He emphasised the honesty and integrity to be most important in research both on part of researcher and respondent. Researcher should have latest knowledge of technology but should not be bound by it. He also suggested to provide training in research methods to researchers before they take up research. He shared his own experiences as a researcher and as teacher and emphasised the quality of research. He highlighted the misinterpretation of research results among researchers. Earlier, Prof. Satvinderpal Kaur, Program Coordinator introduced the speakers of the day.

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