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Focus Groups

General Information about Focus Groups

Focus groups provide qualitative data which may help Review Teams better understand successes and challenges at our schools.

Focus groups are conducted during Spring Review with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. 

Variations on Focus Groups

Here are some possible variations to maximize your focus groups:

  •  Fishbowl 1:  Seat focus group participants around a table in the center of the room, invite Review Team members to sit in an outer ring and serve as recorders

 

  • Consider assigning each Review Team member 1-2 topics on which to collect data

 

  • Fishbowl 2:  Conduct focus groups prior to Review Day.  Videotape the discussion and watch as a team as part of Review Day.

 

  • Focus Group Write-up:  Conduct focus groups prior to Review Day.  Write up the raw data or summarize the findings.  Read on Review Day as a team and discuss how focus group data relates to classroom observation data.

Download Support Materials for Focus Groups

Download Guidelines for Conducting a Focus Group  Doc 11

Download Possible Focus Group Questions  Doc 12

 

Looking for a good protocol to de-brief after Focus Groups?

Check-out the National School Reform website