Using Screencasts in Teaching Qualitative Research

In the final course of the graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Qualitative Studies program at the University of Georgia, students learn about best practices for teaching qualitative research. One of the assignments is for students to teach a qualitative research concept of their choice by creating a screencast that could be integrated into a larger lesson … Continue reading Using Screencasts in Teaching Qualitative Research

Getting started with grant writing

This week, I welcome guest blogger, Judith Brauer, a Ph.D. student in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies program at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. In this post, Judith discusses the process entailed in writing proposals to seek funding for research, and provides further resources.   If you are a graduate student or work in … Continue reading Getting started with grant writing

Influential qualitative researchers: Laurel Richardson

Sociologist Laurel Richardson is well-known for her writing about writing. In numerous texts, she provides plenty for students of qualitative research to think about (Richardson, 1990; Richardson, 1994b; Richardson & St. Pierre, 2005), along with practical suggestions for how writing is a “method of inquiry.” Richardson also proposes the use of “creative analytic practices” or … Continue reading Influential qualitative researchers: Laurel Richardson

Upcoming Event: Postgraduate Pre-Conference: 9 April 2018

For postgraduate students in the UK, the British Sociological Association's Postgraduate Forum is now taking registrations. This year's forum focuses on personal and practical challenges related to becoming a member of the academic community.  Personal and Practical Challenges: Becoming a Member of the Academic Community 9 April 2018 Northumbria University, UK This event is centered … Continue reading Upcoming Event: Postgraduate Pre-Conference: 9 April 2018

What do journal editors want?

When a manuscript is rejected by a journal editor, it is easy to feel discouraged, and even give up on a manuscript altogether. Don't despair! Another question to ask is:  what is it that journal editors want? In fact, rather than being a mystery, there is much insight into what journal editors want to be … Continue reading What do journal editors want?

Recruiting participants for a qualitative research study

How do qualitative researchers locate potential participants for a study? What approaches might be used to recruit people? Clearly the easiest way to recruit people is to ask people you already know to participate in your study. This is potentially fraught with difficulty, however, since this is known as “convenience sampling”, which is typically perceived … Continue reading Recruiting participants for a qualitative research study

Guides for collecting and analyzing qualitative data

Numerous scholars have written about qualitative data — what counts as data, how to collect and generate it, how to analyze it, or even do without it (Brinkmann, 2014). As one might expect from the title, Uwe Flick’s newly-published edited volume, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection (Flick, 2018) aims to discuss questions to … Continue reading Guides for collecting and analyzing qualitative data

How to write a review

Reviewing is one of the tasks related to the ‘service’ side for those of us in academic positions. The task of reviewing typically entails reading a manuscript sent by an editor from a journal, providing written comments to the author (and editors should that be necessary), and submitting a recommendation to the editor/s. For manuscripts … Continue reading How to write a review

Tips for formulating interview guides for semi-structured qualitative interviews (Part 2)

Developing interview guides goes hand-in-hand with reflecting on what you hope to learn. For any research study, you might start with two or research questions, and develop interview questions that will elicit information that will help you to examine the research questions posed. Here are a few more issues to think about as you develop … Continue reading Tips for formulating interview guides for semi-structured qualitative interviews (Part 2)