Pilot Qualitative Research Design in this topic “The effect of learning distance on
postgraduate student learning”
Step 1: Think of a theme you’d like to examine in your pilot study.
Then choose Interviewing as one of the QUALITATIVE methods to
carry out a pilot study that would be suitable for this theme.
PLEASE NOTE – YOU WILL NEED TO USE THE ONLINE VERSION ONLY
AS NO IN-PERSON DATA COLLECTION IS PERMITTED AT THE
MOMENT. Please make it clear in your research design that you
are working online.
Step 2: undertake a small ‘pilot’ example of the method chosen that you
have carried out which is a couple of interviews transcripts.
Step 3: Write a report on the process. This should include a total of around
2000 words. As a guide:
A- Use around the first 1000 words to:
– explain the development of the research design – outline the
topic/research rationale (you’ll need to use some academic literature),
– The research strategy (again refer to relevant methodological literature),
the issues about participant recruitment/ sampling, ethical issues, and
– Include the design of the interview schedule, in the technical appendix and
explain its design in your main text.
B- The second 1000 words:
– Should give your initial analysis of, and reflection on, the material you
– Draw out the coded themes that emerge from this (admittedly very
small) sample. Show that you can choose appropriate extracts.
– Give a short critical reflection on how the method worked.
– Finish by considering what changes, if any, you would make if you were
using this as a pilot for a bigger study on the topic. For example, would
you use this method, would you make any changes to your questions, or
how you recruited people?
(a) bibliography in Harvard style and
(b) a technical APPENDIX with:
The interview schedule (i.e. the list of questions)
A suitably anonymized copy of the two interview transcript
An example of suitably anonymized material to show the process
by which you undertook the coding.
Neither bibliography nor appendix count in the word limit.
The effect of learning distance on postgraduate students learning