LIU Global Students Carry Out Qualitative Field Research in Costa Rica
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
As part of the “Field Work Methods and Project” seminar taught by Professor Lorna Baez, students in LIU Global’s Costa Rica Center engaged in a two-week independent fieldwork project from March 31 to April 11.
There, students learned basic skills in qualitative research, field observation, and interviewing, and had the opportunity to fuse invaluable real-world experiences with traditional classroom studies.
LIU Global student Temer Gaim spent her independent study project interviewing different Costa Rican journalists from various media outlets to investigate the level of press safety in Costa Rica and to obtain a deeper understanding of freedom of press in practice.
“My overall experience was enlightening in that I was able to better see the importance of freedom of press not just as a right, but as an inherent human right that faces threats everyday around the world,” she said.
Gaim was then able to incorporate what she learned through her interviews into classroom discussions and debates, allowing her the opportunity to compare and contrast freedom of press in Costa Rica versus other Latin American countries.
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