Programme     Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Social Sciences

The Department of Psychology conducted a two day training program in Research Methodology on 19th and 20th August, 2015, titled Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Social Sciences. The workshop was well attended and well received.
The two day workshop was organized to give an overview as well as practical experience in conducted qualitative research using two primary methods, namely, Thematic Analysis and Phenomenological Analysis.

On day one i.e.19th August,2015 the workshop started with Dr. Anuradha Sovani, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, welcoming the participants. She gave a brief overview and comparison of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She touched upon the philosophical differences as well as methodological perspectives of each method. She also highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of each method and how as a doctoral student or researcher we need to use the methods judiciously.

After the inaugural session, the first session of the workshop was conducted by Dr. Mrinalini Purandare, the co-ordinator of the workshop. She spoke at length on Thematic Analysis as one of the foundational qualitative method. She explained the theoretical background as well as phases of conducting thematic analysis. This presentation was followed by group work of simulated cases being analyzed using steps of Thematic analysis method. The participants did coding of transcribed material, followed by identification of primary themes, thematic map or thematic table and so on.

The second session was conducted post lunch by Dr. Srilatha Juwwa, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She spoke on Phenomenological analysis as an important qualitative method. She gave an overview of theoretical and philosophical basis of the method. She then moved on to an example of personal experience of participants and how that can be analyzed using phenomenological analysis.
On day two i.e.20th August, 2015 the session started with a brief discussion on quantitative method by Dr. Mrinalini Purandare. She highlighted the importance of ensuring validity of collected data. She also spoke about appropriateness of statistical method keeping in mind the scale of measurement and assumptions of the statistical test being used.

After the brief introductory session the participants were taken to the computer lab. The next session moved to the Computer Laboratory of SNDT University, and was conducted by Prof. D.P.Singh on using SPSS for quantitative data analysis. He started his session with a presentation on advantages of quantitative method and software programs available to do data analysis. Then he demonstrated how SPSS does data grouping and analysis from descriptive to inferential, from univariate to bivariate to multivariate data analysis. He also showed PSPP which is an open source and can do similar data analysis. Finally he demonstrated use of Excel for a range of data analysis methods. His session was very interactive and participants got hands on experience of using different programs for quantitative data analysis, as each worked on their own data in the Computer laboratory.

The workshop ended with summary of the two days workshop presented by Dr. Nilesh Thakre, followed by vote of thanks, participants’ feedback and certificate distribution.