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

A writer’s guide to getting trim

Helen Sword’s (2007) book The writer’s diet: A guide to fit prose was published for an international audience in 2016. Sword (2016) uses healthy nutrition and fitness as a metaphor to help academic writers improve their prose. Rather than produce heart attack-inducing writing, Sword surveys academics’ language use with the aim of encouraging “fit prose.” … Continue reading A writer’s guide to getting trim

Call for papers: Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference 21-23 APRIL 2020 National Wine Centre, Adelaide, Australia Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) is the world’s biggest & longest-standing conference on doctoral education. Held every two years in Adelaide, South Australia, QPR brings together educational researchers, policymakers, university leaders, research students & research degree supervisors for the purpose of better understanding the processes, … Continue reading Call for papers: Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

Call for papers: Journal of Praxis in Higher Education

Journal of Praxis in Higher Education (JPHE) is a new international, open access, online journal dedicated to high-quality research on praxis within, and related to, teaching, learning and researching in higher education. It is now calling for papers for its first issue to be published November 1, 2019. Praxis is a contested term that, in many contexts, is … Continue reading Call for papers: Journal of Praxis in Higher Education

Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

What keeps readers of academic writing engaged? We have all likely yawned our way through research reports, or worse — stopped reading altogether. Since time is limited and attention spans are getting shorter, academic writers must be able to attract and retain a hold on their readers’ attention if their work has to have any … Continue reading Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

On developing stylish academic writing

Every now and again, you come across a book that you wish you had read years ago. Stylish academic writing by a literary scholar and poet, Helen Sword (2012), is one of these. I really wish I had read this when I first went to college. This book would have saved me much heartache, although … Continue reading On developing stylish academic writing

Tips for developing research questions for qualitative research studies

There is no easy path to formulating research questions for a qualitative study. This is because the development of research questions is interconnected with many other issues – including: The theoretical and conceptual framework used; The research design and methods that are planned; Findings from prior research, as well as Practical issues, concerning how long … Continue reading Tips for developing research questions for qualitative research studies

Classic texts: Ann Oakley’s: Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms

Sometimes articles have lives of their own, and live on in ways that authors may not anticipate. The chapter by Ann Oakley, Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms (Oakley, 1981), published in Helen Roberts’ edited collection, Doing Feminist Research, is one such article. Oakley (2016, p. 199) herself comments that the chapter came to “acquire … Continue reading Classic texts: Ann Oakley’s: Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms

Recently published qualitative research studies

It’s hard to keep up with recently published qualitative studies, but here are two studies that examine media that you might want to look at, namely Tar wars: Oil, environment and Alberta's image by Geo Takach, and Ken Howley's Drones: Media discourse and the public imagination. Some of you may have had the good fortune to … Continue reading Recently published qualitative research studies