Call for book proposals

Myers Education Press is a new academic press specializing in books, e-books and digital content in the field of education. Working with many of the top names in the field, we present superb research that advances the discipline at a time when it is under attack on many fronts. Most importantly, we are an author-based … Continue reading Call for book proposals

Tips for using focus groups in qualitative research

There are a variety of "group" interview formats that researchers use. These include brainstorming groups used to generate ideas in a relatively unstructured format; nominal groups, in which a researcher directs members of the group to respond to questions (which may be in written form), and there is minimal or no group interaction (MacPhail, 2001); … Continue reading Tips for using focus groups in qualitative research

Calls for Papers

There is still time to respond to these calls for papers... Journal articles Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management Using qualitative methods to respond to the changing nature of work Learning Landscapes The role of performances in educational practices Qualitative Market Research Researching family life and consumption: Epistemological challenges and advances Conference presentations The Qualitative … Continue reading Calls for Papers

What qualitative researchers can learn from studies that examine interaction in research interviews

Almost 30 years ago, Lucy Suchman and Brigette Jordan (1990) published an article in which they closely examined how survey interviewers posed questions to participants, and what happened next. They found that the delivery of scripted questions without deviation to ensure that people were asked the same questions, in the same way, was very difficult … Continue reading What qualitative researchers can learn from studies that examine interaction in research interviews

Tips on getting started with analyzing qualitative data

Analyzing qualitative data for the first time can entail a good deal of confusion among novice researchers. Mystification about how to being analyzing data can be heightened when reading published presentations of research in which descriptions of what authors actually did with their data in order to produce “findings” are both limited and opaque. One … Continue reading Tips on getting started with analyzing qualitative data

“Failure” in doing social research

It’s natural for us all to yearn to be successful at everything we do. Yet whatever we do, we will likely experience failure as we navigate the learning curve to become proficient and then expert in the skills we aim to develop. Conducting research is no different to the many other tasks we have learned … Continue reading “Failure” in doing social research

International Visual Sociology Association: Call for nominations for awards

For those qualitative researchers using visual methods, the IVSA has announced a call for nominations for a range of awards. See below. February 27th is the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2019 Rieger and Prosser awards administered by the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA). Rieger Awards are for outstanding work in visual sociology by … Continue reading International Visual Sociology Association: Call for nominations for awards

Postcard from 2019 The Qualitative Report (TQR) Conference

Fort Lauderdale in southern Florida is a great place to be in January! Earlier this month I was very fortunate to attend the 10th TQR conference at Nova Southeastern University.I had the pleasure of meeting qualitative researchers working in the US, Canada, Australia, Kazakhstan, Jamaica, and Scotland. This year, the TQR conference celebrated its 10th … Continue reading Postcard from 2019 The Qualitative Report (TQR) Conference

What qualitative interviewers can learn from studies of epistemics in conversation

Sociologist John Heritage (Heritage, 2012a, 2012b, 2013, 2018; Heritage & Raymond, 2005) has been writing about epistemics in naturally occurring conversation for over a decade. This work draws on the work of other scholars. These include Erving Goffman’s idea of “territories of the selves” (Goffman, 1971) in which people tend the boundaries of knowledge that … Continue reading What qualitative interviewers can learn from studies of epistemics in conversation

Finishing off the dissertation

All over the world, doctoral students are working to complete their doctoral research before presenting their thesis or dissertation (depending on what part of the world you reside in) to examiners. In the final throes of developing one’s writing, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of things. One issue that I have noted in … Continue reading Finishing off the dissertation