Greeting the new academic year

I have enjoyed a summer that has included time for family, travel, and writing. All this has ended as I have started classes this week. Here are reminders to myself as I head into the new academic year… What are yours? 1. Entertain questions from newcomers who do not have any background to the topics … Continue reading Greeting the new academic year

Finishing touches for the academic writer

A while back I was consulting a book called Finishing touches for the Handweaver by Virginia M. West. This book provides instructions for how to finish handwoven fabrics using various hemstitching and fringes. I consulted the section on ladder hemstitching in order to complete the stitching needed for the hems of the towels I was … Continue reading Finishing touches for the academic writer

Decolonizing and indigenous methodologies

Over the summer, I was very fortunate to travel for the first time to the North Island of New Zealand where I was able to walk among the magnificent Kauri trees, visit the amazing thermal landscapes around Rotorua, and appreciate the wonderful rivers, waterfalls and coastlines. What beauty! Enjoying the wonderful scenery and learning about … Continue reading Decolonizing and indigenous methodologies

Exploring arts-based research

It has already been a decade since Gary Knowles and Ardra Cole’s (2008) edited handbook of the arts in qualitative research was published. Patricia Leavy’s Handbook of Arts-Based Research (2018), published by Guildford Press, provides an updated overview of the incredible variety of arts-based research currently undertaken. The Handbook of Arts-Based Research adds to Leavy’s prolific output, … Continue reading Exploring arts-based research

Recently published: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research

The 5th edition of Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln’s (2018) edited volume, The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research was published earlier this year. I’ve now had a chance to look over a volume and compare it to the previous editions sitting on my book shelf. I recall consulting the first edition of the … Continue reading Recently published: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research

Qualitative podcasts series: Qualitative conversations

The Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is an active group that has developed a podcast series, Qualitative Conversations, in which researchers talk about their work. This series is free and open to non-members and  has already attracted hundreds of listeners for each episode. Qualitative Conversations is currently … Continue reading Qualitative podcasts series: Qualitative conversations

Summer reading: Ethnography and power

Timothy Pachirat’s (2018) book, Among wolves: Ethnography and the immersive study of power, is one of a series edited by Dvora Yanow and Pergrine Schwartz-Shea. As stated by the editors, the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods focuses on interpretive methodology, and engages with three concerns: (1) methodological issues, (2) approaches and methods, and (3) applications … Continue reading Summer reading: Ethnography and power

Autobiography of a disease

Recently, I have had two unplanned conversations with individuals who have experienced serious illness from bacterial infections. Like many of you, I’ve also come across media reports about current research that examines the causes of bacterial infections, as well as why there has been a rise in infections that are drug-resistant. In one such article … Continue reading Autobiography of a disease

Ethics and Interview Practice

Some years ago, I talked to a number of experienced qualitative researchers about how they used interviews in their research. There was a good deal of variation in how this group of researchers used interviews, and the kinds of interviews that they preferred to use (e.g., focus groups, phenomenological, ethnographic interviews etc.). One of the … Continue reading Ethics and Interview Practice

Call for Proposals: AERA 2019 Qualitative Research SIG

For those readers who conduct qualitative research in the field of education, the following conference may be of interest. The American Educational Research Association sponsors many Special Interest Groups (SIG), one of which is the Qualitative Research SIG. In 2019, the annual AERA meeting will be in Toronto, Canada. See the call for proposals below. … Continue reading Call for Proposals: AERA 2019 Qualitative Research SIG