In terms of organization, first a brief summary of each article is presented. Then the method employed for each research is analyzed before making concluding remarks.
The first article under review is by I Lin Sin. The article reports on research in which the author sought to explore the degree to which a group of foreign students from Malaysia studying at a British university hoped to secure lucrative jobs upon completing their studies. The author conducted qualitative, semi-structured interviews with ten students. The interviewees believed that holding a prestigious UK degree increased their chances of material success. Participants from minor ethnic groups were especially found to value work in the private sector and the ability to work wherever in the world. The article with the recommendation of further research on how the middle-class seeks to distinguish itself in the global higher education.
Carleton Edwards wrote the second article and reports on a qualitative study conducted on the involvement of users of social services in assessing students of Diploma in Social Work on their practice placements. The author undertook a qualitative survey in which they collected the views of practice teachers using semi-structured questionnaires. The survey focused on the chief principles, issues and practical ramifications of involving service users in the assessing DipSW students. The article summarizes the findings of the survey and discusses the main hurdles encountered in the conducting the survey. Edwards then makes some recommendations for DipSW courses in the UK.
Sin reports that they used what they call "theoretical sampling" to pick their ten interviewees. According to the author, this method of sampling entails selecting participants depending on their ability to contribute to the development of analyzes, theories and explanations. I find this approach to ...Show more