How to develop an interview guide (Part 1)

How do researchers take a topic and formulate a “good” interview guide? In this blogpost, I provide some tips for how to develop interview questions that (hopefully!) will facilitate rich, guided conversations in which interview participants discuss the topics that researchers want to examine. Considering the relationships between interviewers and interviewees First, researchers need to … Continue reading How to develop an interview guide (Part 1)

Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

In alphabetical order, here are some recently published texts on qualitative methods that you might want to add to your bookshelf. Enjoy... Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund's (2018) second edition of their popular book Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice is now available.  In this expanded and completely revised edition of the original text, … Continue reading Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

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