Case Study: Qualitative Design

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Article: de Beera, M., and Masona, R. B. (2009, May 2). Using a blended approach to facilitate postgraduate supervision. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 46 (2), 213 226.

What was the overall qualitative design?

A case study research design was used in order to reflect the postgraduate supervision processes and procedures. The participants in the study were postgraduate research students from the Department of Management at the Durban University of Technology (DUT, South Africa during the years 2005 and 2006.
What was the problem statement?
The quality of the postgraduate research program suffers from an unbalanced supervisory schedule for matriculating postgraduate students that weakens the research program, decreases completion rates, and deprives students of the guidance and nurturing that is warranted by their status and their contributions to the research activities and reputation of the university.
What was the purpose of the study and what were the research questions (if stated)?
The research was intended to explore the use of blended learning as a way to mediate the weaknesses in the postgraduate supervision program. In particular, the study focused on the utility of blended learning to provide important feedback to the postgraduate students in their research endeavors, and to explore the capacity of a peer discussion forum as an avenue of additional support.
What was the sample and sampling technique used?
The sampling process
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