Using archival data to explore methodological issues

Qualitative researchers typically generate and collect new data sets to explore their research questions. Methodologists, in contrast, quite often conduct a secondary analysis of their own data sets to examine methodological issues that have emerged during their research studies. As well as using their own data sets to examine research methods, qualitative researchers can also … Continue reading Using archival data to explore methodological issues

Resources for new professors

Summer vacations are over, and in the U.S. it is back-to-school time -- with children in classrooms, professors preparing their classes, and college students starting the new semester. This week is my first week of class for the new semester. This is also the time when numerous assistant professors are beginning new positions. Below is … Continue reading Resources for new professors

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics

With all the handbooks being published these days, it’s hard to keep up. Since I teach a course on research ethics, I’ve recently taken delivery of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics (Iphofen & Tolich, 2018). I have yet to read this text in full, but in this blogpost, I’ll provide an overview of … Continue reading The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics

Translating academic writing into trade books

Academic writers typically orient their writing to readers like themselves: other academics used to the jargon associated with any particular discipline. Yet some scholars manage to traverse the divide between the ivory tower and the general public and produce readable, enjoyable, and educational explanations of their topics of interest in the form of trade books. … Continue reading Translating academic writing into trade books