2023-2024 / PEDA4023-1

Qualitative research in adult education


10h Th

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Daniel Faulx

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course offers an overview of the qualitative research methods used in adult education, particularly through current questions and themes in this field.
Three ranges of objectives are pursued and linked to adult training: - awareness of qualitative analysis; - preparation for the methodological procedures of the dissertation; - preparation for the implementation of actions to collect and analyze qualitative data.
The stake is to help the students to approach the methodological aspect of an interpretative research mobilizing qualitative analysis tools.
Emphasis will be placed on concrete actions by the cheucheur or the qualitative researcher: conducting an interview or an observation, transcribing field data, qualitatively analyzing and reporting on their research efforts.
The course offers cooperation between registered students but also with current memorizers whose thesis objective is in adult training.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

- distinguish subjectivity and neutrality in an interpretative research;

- analyze an interview to propose coherent results (with the research object) and grounded (in the studied field);

- position oneself in the reflective and ethical dimensions of qualitative research;

- report on the methodological progress experienced during the research actions implemented.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This course is recommended in BLOCK 1, in parallel with the course "Mémoire-partim1" (pre-memory). See the program of studies for the prerequisites and co-requirements imposed by the structure of the studies

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is given in the second quadrimester over 6 sessions on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Activities are organized entirely on place (6 sessions).

Recommended or required readings

We draw the students' attention to the "introductory" nature of the course. Many questions and a variety of practices will be addressed during the sessions and through the discussions. This course is a kind of "appetizer" on research methods and qualitative analysis, which hopes to whet the appetite ... It is therefore by no means an exhaustive approach.
Thus, it is also up to each student to seek scientific literature that addresses the methodological concepts addressed (with the support of the course supervisors).

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation criteria taken into account will be detailed in lesson 6.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Not applicable


Contacts :  
Professeur - Daniel Faulx Daniel.Faulx@uliege.be
Assistante - Marine Winand marine.winand@uliege.be

Unité d'Apprentissage et de Formation continue des Adultes
Université de Liège
Boulevard du Rectorat, 5/B33
4000 LIEGE


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