HUMBOLDT MULTI-DISCIPLINARY KOLLEG MEETING, 2016
Venue: Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Nigeria.
Date: 11th – 15th September, 2017.
Concept of Conference
The proposed kolleg meeting with theme “Convergence of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Approach” will bring together AVH Alumni, DAAD Alumni, Junior Researchers, Government Agencies and Students in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Agriculture and Engineering within and outside Nigeria for an invaluable opportunity to share idea, research and information; to showcase products and services; and to create and strengthen collaboration.
The conference will attract over 500 delegates over five (5) days, from within and outside Nigeria and will be hosted by the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Nigeria. The theme of the Conference for the year 2016 is:Convergence of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Approach. The program will include plenary sessions, interactive workshops, oral and poster presentations, and seminars, shaped to enhance and inform around this theme.
Conference Theme: Convergence of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Approach
Research involves an explicit and systematic approach to finding solutions to problems, often through a process of testing out assumptions. The approach to research can thus be qualitative or quantitative; using the appropriate method most appropriate to the problem in context.
Quantitative research uses experiment to test an hypothesis. Scientific measurement is crucial to quantitative research and can be classified into four (4), namely: experimental research, survey, correlational research and causal-comparative research. In quantitative research, phenomena are explained by collecting numerical data that are analyzed using mathematically based methods (in particular statistics), and because quantitative data is numeric, the collection and analysis of data from representative samples is more commonly used.
Qualitative research focuses on description and interpretation, and might lead to development of new concepts or theories. Qualitative researchers are interested in understanding the meaning people have constructed, that is, how people make sense of their world and the experiences they have in the world. The methods of data collection in qualitative research are interviews, focus groups, observation, collection of documented material, collection of narrative, and open ended questions in questionnaires. Thus, analysis of data in qualitative research involves summarizing the mass of data collected and presenting the results in a way that communicates the most important features.
The first speaker (Keynote Speaker) will give an overview of the research processes and the importance of selecting appropriate approach relevant to research. Speaker 2 will present quantitative research approach, while, qualitative research approach will be presented by Speaker 3, both Speakers will also discuss the characteristic features of specific methods. Speaker 4 will present qualitative and quantitative research approach – a solution to contemporary problems.
Meanwhile, research findings/results in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Agriculture and Engineering resulting from the two (qualitative or quantitative) approaches will be presented at oral and poster sessions at the conference.
The theme of this conference is to examine the principles and fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research methods in diverse field of study, to look at the gaps between qualitative and quantitative research and the ways in which these research approaches could be intertwined to find lasting solutions to contemporary problems.
Envisaged Participants and Audience
The conference targets Humboltarians, DAAD Alumni, Junior Researchers and students of all Nigerian Universities as well as staffs and postgraduate students of other institutions outside Nigeria. The Head of Department of various Institutions, Government Agencies, Chairperson and Directors of Industries and Companies, and outstanding Researchers will be communicated and invited. The conference will be made visible to the international community. Hence, the conference will attract delegates from across the globe. The conference will be promoted through websites, newspapers, and extensive email lists.
The location of the conference is: Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State (FUOYE), Nigeria. FUOYE is a government owned Nigerian University located in Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The University offers programmes in Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering and Technology and Sciences. Plenary sessions and workshops will hold at the Main Auditorium, Faculty Auditoriums and halls located at Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the institution. Lunch and Dinners will hold at the Institution Cafeteria and Prosperous Hotel respectively.
The social functions that will take place during the conference include: Welcome reception, Dinner, tour to Ikogosi warm spring and presentation of gifts for best poster, outstanding research etc to close the conference.
Networking with Conference Speakers
Speakers from different promising Universities, Industries and Companies across the globe will share their views and insights on the conference topics. Their presence will be valuable to researchers who wish to interact with them.