11th Qualitative Research Summer School
5th - 6th June, 2018
Dr Kitrina Douglas
Narrative comes from the Latin root “narrare” meaning ‘to tell’ or share information.
5th and 7th June, 2018
Dr Claire Moran
This one-day workshop provides participants with a strong grounding in qualitative thematic analysis and guides participants through the process of successfully conducting thematic analysis.
5th June and 6th June, 2018
Dr Patrick Brindle
This one-day workshop provides PhD students an introduction to the basics of planning and writing a methodology chapter for a thesis. The course is based on Patrick’s 11 years of experience as SAGE’s Publisher for Research Methods where he worked on over 200 methodological publications.
The workshop unpacks 20 main principles of successful writing about methods, and examines the points of similarity and difference with writing about other aspects of research. Many new researchers struggle to understand what is required of them when writing about methodology, and many also fail to recognise the potential in their own work for generating methodological publications. For some, adding a methodological paper to their portfolio of otherwise ‘empirical’ or ‘data-driven’ research papers may make the crucial difference in the next REF.
Using practical group, pairs and individual exercises throughout, attendees are encouraged to build their confidence and their knowledge base. Each exercise is designed to start participants writing or planning new sections of a methods chapter or paper, so that by the end of the course many attendees could have a working skeleton of a chapter or paper to work up later.
Finally, attendees will begin to explore how to use good methods writing to further increase the power and vividness of the other parts of their thesis or publishing output. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly on their own draft manuscripts during the workshop.
6th June, 2018
Professor Bernie Carter
Within this one-day workshop we will explore and examine some of the key aspects of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). This will include examining the roots of Appreciative Inquiry and how it has been used in a variety of different disciplines and contexts.
We will explore what opportunities AI offers in comparison to other research approaches as well as considering the practical, moral and ethical challenges to using AI.
We will think about the underpinning principles of AI and the underpinning assumptions and address different approaches to structuring an AI study. We will think through what sorts of research questions lend themselves to AI.
We will consider what methods to use within an AI study and also consider how data analysis may be undertaken in an AI study.
Within the workshop we will also consider factors related to dissemination within an AI.
7th and 8th June, 2018
Dr Andrew Balmer
In this two-day workshop we will explore the use of qualitative interview methods. We will also consider how to be creative in the use of these methods. Creativity applies both to the approach and to the practical implementation of interviews and observations. All qualitative, semi-structured interview methods should emphasise spontaneity, serendipity and interaction, and this is even more important in creative interview techniques.
In terms of practical implementation, interviews strive not only to engage in conversation but also to use the situation rather than treat each encounter in the same fashion, and might make use of other elicitation tools in order to bring about a more situated engagement with research participants, such as walking interviews, object elicitation and visual methods.
We will consider some of the philosophical issues and practical challenges involved in such qualitative work. As regards philosophical issues, we will discuss the ontological and epistemological concerns central to the use of qualitative interviewing techniques and consider how creative work with the interview process (from recruiting to writing) relates to these concerns. The workshop will involve participation in some practical exercises and students will be asked to prepare for the workshop (details to be confirmed with participants) in order to get the most out of our discussions.
7th and 8th June, 2018
Professor Paul Flowers
This two-day workshop will cover a basic introduction to IPA. The work focuses upon the acquisition of key skills need to deliver a high quality IPA study.
7th and 8th June, 2018
Dr Rebecca Johnson
Understanding and conducting mixed methods research is fast becoming an essential skill in the social and health sciences. There are unique challenges and advantages to using mixed methods research approaches, and this two-day mixed methods workshop will focus on the ‘how-to’ of mixed methods. We will work with participants’ own research questions to develop, refine and better understand integrating data using mixed methods research approaches.
In Day 1, we will cover the epistemology surrounding mixed methods, commonly used designs, approaches to sampling and data collection, and the transition from collection to analysis. We will also conduct a practical session ‘Articulation through Visualisation’ where participants have the opportunity to map the ‘What? How? Why?’ of their research plan.
In Day 2, we will focus on approaches to analytical integration. This will include a worked example of analytical integration using the merging technique ‘Pillar Integration Process’, exploration of participants’ own integration plans, and the day will provide opportunities to reflect and refine the above. Mixed methods reviewing and reviewing tools and approaches will be explored. This workshop will conclude with a summary of the key workshop messages, and a discussion of the advantages and challenges of understanding and conducting mixed methods research.
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