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Focus groups are moderated meetings of 'involved' people discussing their experience of an educational intervention. They are a useful tool for formative/developmental or summative/retrospective evaluation and can serve as a single, self-contained method or link to other evaluation activities.

Uses
o Generating hypotheses
o Developing interview schedules
o Identifying key issues
o Developing emergent themes
o Illuminating quantitative responses
o 'Learner centred' course development
o Getting reflective feedback on interim interpretations of study outcomes
Main Advantage.
Main Disadvantage.

Resource Guide (info)
o Preparation time: moderate to low
o Student time: low
o Time to administer: low
o Time for analysis: moderate
o Additional resources: none

Author
versions for printing are available Erica McAteer
University of Glasgow.

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