Triangulation in qualitative research

“Triangulation” is a term that is frequently mentioned in publications of qualitative studies. Typically, scholars mention “triangulation” in discussions to do with how the “quality” or “validity” of a study might be assured (e.g., Seale, 1999; Tracy, 2010). Where did the term “triangulation” come from, and how did it come to be used in qualitative … Continue reading Triangulation in qualitative research

Two pieces of advice in conducting qualitative research

One year when I had not done such a great job of scheduling my time, I found myself writing my conference paper the week before the conference. Have you been there? (Hopefully not!) My panic increased as I kept reading more and more literature that informed the argument that I was making (while failing to … Continue reading Two pieces of advice in conducting qualitative research

New Year’s Intentions

Happy New Year for 2018! I gave up making new year’s resolutions several years ago… but this year, I am borrowing the idea of “new year’s intentions” from tapestry artist Rebecca Mezoff. Here are a few things that I want to remind myself of throughout the year -- rather than abandon by the end of January!  … Continue reading New Year’s Intentions

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Qualitative Researchers 

The holidays are rapidly approaching! And for those qualitative researchers everywhere who have been so busy planning for a qualitative study, or generating, gathering, and analyzing data and writing up findings – I’ve prepared a holiday gift guide just in case you have not had time to think about that yet… Enjoy! As always, more … Continue reading 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Qualitative Researchers 

Publishing qualitative research

A study is not really completed until it is published and available to others to read. But how do researchers begin to publish? In this blogpost, I provide some ideas and resources to help with navigating the journey from a publishable manuscript to a published manuscript.  Entering the conversation How does one enter a discussion … Continue reading Publishing qualitative research

Finding inspiration for academic writing

For anyone pursuing a scholarly career – whether as a student researcher or faculty member – it is always a challenge to develop a consistent and productive writing practice. Even though we may start out the academic year with good intentions, life sometimes just gets in the way, and completion of writing projects gets delayed … Continue reading Finding inspiration for academic writing

Ideas for developing a research topic and deciding on a theoretical home

Sometimes newcomers to research struggle to define a specific research topic that might be examined.  I am doubtful that there is one “right” approach to use in developing a topic of inquiry. However, below are some tips that could help. Deciding on and developing research topics The development of research topics is frequently informed by … Continue reading Ideas for developing a research topic and deciding on a theoretical home

Tips for planning conference presentations

Planning to present at a conference involves a number of steps. This post is for those of you who are new to making conference presentations. What do you need to do? What resources might help? Read on... 1. Choose a conference to attend For newcomers to academic work, it's sometimes difficult to select a conference … Continue reading Tips for planning conference presentations

10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

In the midst of being too busy, sometimes it's useful to relax, and take a few minutes to think about the things for which we are thankful. Here are a few things that I'm thankful for as a qualitative researcher. What about you?  1. There are lots of journals on qualitative methods to read… Check … Continue reading 10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

Recently published qualitative studies to read

It is always a challenge to decide what books to use when I teach. There are so many to choose from! This is a good problem to have though, and I’m grateful to all those researchers out there who are providing examples of diverse approaches to qualitative inquiry that I can share with my students. … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies to read