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

Tools for writing up qualitative research

There are numerous guides on writing, as well as resources to assist with the task of writing up qualitative research studies. Both writers and qualitative researchers have lots to say about getting started with writing, keeping writing, and representing the findings of qualitative research. Some time ago, I listened to a webinar entitled “Lose the … Continue reading Tools for writing up qualitative research

Journal of Autoethnography

The Journal of Autoethnography (JoAE) will launch in 2020 with the University of California Press. JoAE will be a refereed, international, and interdisciplinary journal devoted to the purposes, practices, and principles of autoethnography. JoAE publishes scholarship that foregrounds autoethnography as a method of inquiry; highlights themes and issues of past and contemporary autoethnographic research; discusses … Continue reading Journal of Autoethnography

Call for case examples: Culturally responsive approaches to using focus groups

Dr. Jori N. Hall (University of Georgia) is seeking case examples for a book she is writing: Focus Groups: Culturally Responsive Approaches for Qualitative Inquiry and Program Evaluation. The book will take an in-depth look at how culturally responsive focus groups are developed and implemented within the context of qualitative inquiry broadly and program evaluation more … Continue reading Call for case examples: Culturally responsive approaches to using focus groups