How to focus your focus group

Renée Stalmeijer – Simone Gorter – Walther van Mook


Focus group interviews are a popular research method to collect qualitative data within various research- and educational settings. Focus groups could be used exploratory (e.g. how do students experience the role of the mentor?) explanatory (e.g. why do clinical teachers experience their role as burdensome?)


When designing a focus group study there are several elements that need to be taken into account. Like ‘does my research question require focus groups?, ‘how do I design a discussion guide?’, and ‘what should the moderator do?’.or in combination with other methods (questionnaires, interviews, document-analysis).

The goal of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the various possible uses of focus groups in (medical) education research. There will be an emphasis on the design of a discussion guide and practicing with the moderator role.

Who should attend?

People who are planning to use focus groups in their research or daily education practices. Workshop programme
We will start with a short presentation on qualitative research and its characteristics. Then we will give a presentation on characteristics and possibilities of focus groups as a research method. In break out groups participants will thereafter practice with designing a discussion guide and with the role of the moderator.

Maximum number of participants



  • Maastricht, The Netherlands
    Universiteitssingel 60


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