Call for papers: Journal of Praxis in Higher Education

Journal of Praxis in Higher Education (JPHE) is a new international, open access, online journal dedicated to high-quality research on praxis within, and related to, teaching, learning and researching in higher education. It is now calling for papers for its first issue to be published November 1, 2019. Praxis is a contested term that, in many contexts, is … Continue reading Call for papers: Journal of Praxis in Higher Education

Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

What keeps readers of academic writing engaged? We have all likely yawned our way through research reports, or worse — stopped reading altogether. Since time is limited and attention spans are getting shorter, academic writers must be able to attract and retain a hold on their readers’ attention if their work has to have any … Continue reading Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

On developing stylish academic writing

Every now and again, you come across a book that you wish you had read years ago. Stylish academic writing by a literary scholar and poet, Helen Sword (2012), is one of these. I really wish I had read this when I first went to college. This book would have saved me much heartache, although … Continue reading On developing stylish academic writing

Tips for developing research questions for qualitative research studies

There is no easy path to formulating research questions for a qualitative study. This is because the development of research questions is interconnected with many other issues – including: The theoretical and conceptual framework used; The research design and methods that are planned; Findings from prior research, as well as Practical issues, concerning how long … Continue reading Tips for developing research questions for qualitative research studies

Classic texts: Ann Oakley’s: Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms

Sometimes articles have lives of their own, and live on in ways that authors may not anticipate. The chapter by Ann Oakley, Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms (Oakley, 1981), published in Helen Roberts’ edited collection, Doing Feminist Research, is one such article. Oakley (2016, p. 199) herself comments that the chapter came to “acquire … Continue reading Classic texts: Ann Oakley’s: Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms

Recently published qualitative research studies

It’s hard to keep up with recently published qualitative studies, but here are two studies that examine media that you might want to look at, namely Tar wars: Oil, environment and Alberta's image by Geo Takach, and Ken Howley's Drones: Media discourse and the public imagination. Some of you may have had the good fortune to … Continue reading Recently published qualitative research studies

Outstanding Book Awards: ICQI 2019

At this year's International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, it was my great honor to present the outstanding book awards. This year, my colleagues Pat Sikes and Ron Pelias and I reviewed 24 nominations for the book award. This was an exceedingly tough competition, as we had so many excellent books to consider. Honorable mentions were … Continue reading Outstanding Book Awards: ICQI 2019

Postcard from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 2019

Last weekend I attended the 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The theme of this year’s conference was Qualitative Inquiry in Repressive Times. With activities scheduled from Wednesday morning to Saturday evening – as has become expected, there is something for everyone, including a day in Spanish and … Continue reading Postcard from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 2019

New books on qualitative research

A second edition of the Sage Qualitative Research Kit, edited by German scholar, Uwe Flick, was published in 2018. Comprised of 10 short volumes, the kit aims to provide a brief introduction to qualitative research. In his introduction to the series, Flick talks about the organization as follows. Although the series could be read in … Continue reading New books on qualitative research

Archiving qualitative data

There has been a good deal of debate about the merits of archiving qualitative data from social sciences projects (Camfield & Palmer-Jones, 2013; Corti, 2000; Corti, Witzel, & Bishop, 2005; Hammersley, 1997; Kuula, 2010/2011; Mauthner, Parry, & Backett-Milburn, 1998; Moore, 2007; Schubotz, Melaugh, & McLoughlin, 2011; van den Berg, 2008). While some argue (e.g., Chauvette, … Continue reading Archiving qualitative data