qualitative methodology

21 May 2020

The great social changes caused by the development of digital technologies have also started to transform the field of education thanks to the incorporation of new devices into the learning process. The purpose of this research is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the state of the question based on a review of scientific literature regarding primary-school children’s use of tablets and changes that can be attributed to it. A fundamentally qualitative methodology with a narrative approach was used in this research to carry out documentary analysis of a sample of 163 articles indexed in Web of Science, Scopus and ERIC. This sample was selected by using different search operators according to the respective axes/categories of the topic of study. The information extracted was subjected to content analysis and contingency analysis. The latter made it possible to identify the relationship between the qualitative variables and the temporal perspective, based on Cramér’s V. This study’s findings show that tablets are used in the classroom and at home, although the types of activities differ. In the school context, it is worth noting the existence of patterns of practices connected to searching online for curriculum content and creating it, as well as communication and interaction. The learning strategies employed are linked to the individualisation of education, while cooperative and collaborative forms are not encouraged enough. The indicators of the impact of use of tablets point to an increase in students’ motivation during their learning, although at the same time it can also cause distractions.



This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 276 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: Ricoy, M.-C., & Sánchez-Martínez, C. (2020). Revisión sistemática sobre el uso de la tableta en la etapa de educación primaria | A systematic review of tablet use in primary education. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 78 (276), 273-290. doi: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP78-2-2020-04


3 February 2016

International organizations emphasize the basic right of everyone to enjoy leisure because of the contribution it makes towards peoples self-realization.

This article seeks to determine the specific features of the leisure of young people in vulnerable situations, by identifying its characteristics and the influence of passive leisure and the Internet.

This is carried out through various interviews with key informants, such as young people in social difficulties and the social workers who work with them. A qualitative methodology has been used and for the analysis of content, the Atlas- ti program version 6.0. The project undertaken has helped to identify specific interventions for meaningful leisure, to define the main trends in virtual leisure and to characterize strategies for improving enjoyment.  

10 February 2012

This article shows an overview of the digital resources that can be applied to qualitative research. It analyzes the impact produced by the incorporation of information technologie sand communication technologies (ICT) on the field of social science research. Specifically, this analysis is focused on developing qualitative studies in educational research and methodological changes that the introduction of ICT has led. It shows the impact that this relationship has on improving the scientific quality of research results. After a brief presentation of the methodological characteristics of qualitative research, the technological resources that are preferably incorporated in the processes of sampling, data collection and analysis of information are explained. Finally, it shows some future developments of ICT in its application to qualitative research.

30 December 2005

This article tries to illustrate, through an investigation, the methodological possibilities of the complementary education (both, from quantitative and qualitative perspectives) applied to a multicultural context. The investigation presented in this article was carrid out in the multicultural context of the town of Melilla. The author aims to lay the foundations of the design of an Islamic-occidental intercultural curriculum based on the common values of the two cultures. It is also a main purpose of the article to present the design of this investigation, putting the emphasis on the objectives, hypothesis, variables, procedures and techniques of control (triangulation and saturation). Finally, the author presents the synthesis of the most interesting results.


Key words: Paradigms of investigation, Qualitative methodology, Quantitative methodology, Interculturality, Islamic-occidental values, Procedures of control