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An investigation of qualitative research methodology for perceptual audio evaluation
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Media, audio technology and experience production and theater.
2012 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates whether a qualitative research method, using phenomenological interviews and analysis, can be successfully applied to perceptual audio research, a field heretofore that has mainly used quantitative methods. The method is investigated by studying the types of information elicited by the method and the information’s usefulness and relevance to the conducted study. The qualitative method is applied in three different conditions: a non-experimental condition, an experimental condition, and an experimental condition using mixed-methods. The thesis also identifies implications associated with using a qualitative method in a quantitative field of research, implications that researchers should acknowledge and consider. All scientific criteria in which the quantitative research is judged cannot directly be applied to a qualitative method. A qualitative method has to be judged on its own framework, departure points, and scientific criteria. The information elicited from the qualitative method contains information that supports known knowledge and adds new knowledge. It supplements the accessibility to the subjects’ perceptions and used methods when conducting a perceptual evaluation task. In conclusion, a qualitative research method that consists of phenomenological interviews and analyses can be successfully applied in all the tested conditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2012. , 118 p.
Licentiate thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1757
Keyword [en]
Qualitative methods, Audio, Sound, Audio technology, Subjective assessment, Naive Listeners, Information technology - Other information technology
Keyword [sv]
Ljudteknik, Kvalitativa metoder, Ljudkvalité, Lyssningstest, Informationsteknik - Övrig informationsteknik
Research subject
Audio Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-17438Local ID: 366c71a8-18a3-4016-b80c-a1fddd24f3d2ISBN: 978-91-7439-538-9 (print)OAI: diva2:990443

Godkänd; 2012; 20121119 (dannyb); LICENTIATSEMINARIUM Ämne: Ljudteknik Examinator: Biträdande professor Jan Berg, Luleå tekniska universitet Diskutant: PhD, Senior Lecturer Natanya Ford, Bucks New University, United Kingdom Tid: Fredag den 18 januari 2013 kl 13.00 Plats: L165, Musikhögskolan Piteå, Luleå tekniska universitet

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