Working Head: COMMUNITY COLLEGE RESTAURANTS
Group Project Qualitative Study:
Community College Eateries
Quentin Hart, Heidi Peterson, Jennifer Terry Boyenga
Res Electronic vehicles 580: Qualitative Methodology
Dr . Monica Bruning
June 11, 2006
Community colleges are filled which has a myriad of eating possibilities. Vending machines and soda machines line the halls, dispensing non-nutritional sugars and caffeine alternatives to hold the student heading. Another option is to leave campus to have nourishment, nevertheless on a few campuses the scheduling is so tight this is difficult for most college students to keep between classes. And, students never need to risk losing a good parking place near the building to obtain a munch or food. Community educational institutions have responded to the requires of students seeking nourishment by providing establishments for food. These services also provide an area social connection and entertainment. A qualitative review of 3 facilities in two diverse community college or university campuses shows similarities are present across community college cafes. Methodology
Qualitative researchers for this study are typical full time personnel of community colleges and regularly spend some time in the eateries of their particular campuses which gives them with adequate access to the dining available options to learners at each establishment. The three research workers are employed at two diverse community universities: Hawkeye Community College (HCC) is an urban community college devoid of on-campus housing and Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is a country community college with on-campus housing by means of dormitories offered to students. The campuses are both located in Grand rapids, one around the northern part of I-80 and a single on the the southern part of side of the I-80 collection that bisects the state. Among the qualitative exploration methods employed in this research was participant observation of three facilities and their occupants: the IHCC cafeteria, the IHCC college student union, and HCC's put together union/cafeteria. The info was obtained in the form of player observation and detailed field notes (Merriam, 2002) (Appendix E). The observation period was for just one hour during lunch each and every facility, then an hour of private reflection around the experience (Appendix F). The observations every occurred in a public facility and the individuals, primarily learners, faculty, and staff, had been unaware the observation was taking place. The researchers utilized the complete observer technique advocated by Merriam (2002) to achieve a fresh point of view on campus eateries. The other method of qualitative research employed to compare grounds eateries engaged a collection of photographs of the ingesting facilities as well as the patrons with the facilities (Appendixes A-D). Following the completion of participant observations, researchers required a variety of images depicting all their campus eateries, personnel, and participants. The photographs were employed for inductive examination to review campus restaurants across the condition and to present evidence pertaining to descriptive data (Bogdan & Biklen, 2003). The third and final way of qualitative study utilized in the study of campus cafes was a report on an essential record critical to student nutriment in each eatery: the menu. Menu documents that exist in every facility included " insights and signs into the phenomenonвЂќ (Merriam, 2002, p. 13) of student nourishment in each center. Menus had been highly obvious and prominently displayed nearby the entrances to each facility (Appendix B, photographs 1-3). Examination
To analyze the research findings, the researchers worked well collaboratively using their field remarks to code them pertaining to commonalities present in each center. The photographs and menu documents were assessed to find comparisons between every single eatery. Common themes which will resulted through the comparison include similarities in environment, meals, entertainment, and social interaction. Although, every single...
References: Bogdan, R. C. & Bilken, S. T. (2003). Qualitative research pertaining to education: An intro to hypotheses and strategies. New York: Allyn & Cash.
Merriam, S i9000. B. (2002) Qualitative exploration in practice: Illustrations for conversation and research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
1 . Appendix A: Environment
2 . Appendix B: Meals
3. Appendix C: Interpersonal Interaction
four. Appendix Deb: Entertainment
5. Appendix Electronic: Original Field Notes and Computer Increased Field Notes
6. Appendix F: Glare