Wayward lives, beautiful experiments

One of the challenges for researchers working with archival records is how to report research findings while acknowledging that records are always incomplete and fragmentary. Even today, when we have access to digitized documents, born-digital records and warehouses all over the world providing cloud storage space, only a small fraction of materials are preserved for … Continue reading Wayward lives, beautiful experiments

Learning how to read as a doctoral student

For new doctoral students, learning about new theories and concepts can present a challenge. However, take heart! There are lots of resources that can assist with grasping new ideas and concepts, and theoretical approaches. Today, let's look at some strategies to make sense of new material. In the mid-90s when I was a doctoral student … Continue reading Learning how to read as a doctoral student

Academic Writing Month: What are you working on?

Another November is upon us, which means that it is Academic Writing Month, or AcWriMo! Check out what others are doing on Twitter (#AcWri) and Facebook. Academic writing month was started in 2011 by Charlotte Frost (founder of Phd2Published). Frost devised six relaxed rules that are helpful to review for anyone who has not yet … Continue reading Academic Writing Month: What are you working on?

Free resources on qualitative research and mixed methods

There are lots of excellent resources pertaining to qualitative research and mixed methods research that you can access online. Let's look at some of these resources. QSR International QSR International, the developers of the Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS), NVivo, hosts a podcast series, Between the Data Recent episodes include Hybrid mixed methods designs, Qualitative … Continue reading Free resources on qualitative research and mixed methods

The lost education of Horace Tate

Educational historian Vanessa Siddle Walker's (2018) book The lost education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the hidden heroes who fought for justice in schools, details Horace Tate's contribution to the fight for educational opportunities for black children in the Southern United States. Horace Tate (1922-2002) served for 16 years in the Georgia State Senate, and his … Continue reading The lost education of Horace Tate

Work-based learning in the National Health Service

Peggy Warren's (2019) book, Black women's narratives of NHS work-based learning: An ethnodrama, centers the voices of Black British and Black Caribbean women who engaged in educational and professional development in the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain. The sub-title, "The difference between rhetoric and lived experience" provides the key to understanding the book's message … Continue reading Work-based learning in the National Health Service

Remembering Kathy Charmaz

Kathy Charmaz (1939-2020), who died this past July, is well-known for her prolific publications on constructivist grounded theory as well as her research on chronic illness. She will be greatly missed by the qualitative research community. Over the years I have used many of her chapters and texts in teaching, and I have no doubt … Continue reading Remembering Kathy Charmaz

Examining the transition from “womb to world”

In his book, Phenomenology of the new born: Life from womb to world, Michael van Manen (2019) guides readers through an exploration of the experiences of newborn infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a specialist in neonatal-perinatal medicine in Canada, van Manen brings together in this book the skills and knowledge of … Continue reading Examining the transition from “womb to world”

Update on ICQI 2021

Seventeenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry19-22 May 2021Theme:┬áCollaborative Futures in Qualitative Inquiry The Organizing Committee of ICQI 2021 has been carefully evaluating how COVID-19 may impact the 2021 Congress meetings, including various forms of engagement (sessions, workshops, publisher exhibits, etc.) and delivery (face-to-face, hybrid, virtual). After much consideration, the planning committee has announced that they … Continue reading Update on ICQI 2021