Recently published qualitative studies

One of the bonuses of teaching qualitative research is getting to read examples of  how researchers design and conduct very different studies using different theoretical approaches. This past semester, I used several recently published studies with one of my qualitative research classes. These three qualitative studies demonstrate recent studies that use narrative inquiry, phenomenology, and … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies

Conducting qualitative interviews: The gap between prescriptions and practice

Over the past year I have been examining archival records from the administration of the Federal Writers’ Project, a work relief scheme undertaken as part of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s in the United States. I have been struck by the disparities in how different people enacted instructions provided to them with respect … Continue reading Conducting qualitative interviews: The gap between prescriptions and practice

Recruiting participants for a qualitative research study

How do qualitative researchers locate potential participants for a study? What approaches might be used to recruit people? Clearly the easiest way to recruit people is to ask people you already know to participate in your study. This is potentially fraught with difficulty, however, since this is known as “convenience sampling”, which is typically perceived … Continue reading Recruiting participants for a qualitative research study

Tips for formulating interview guides for semi-structured qualitative interviews (Part 2)

Developing interview guides goes hand-in-hand with reflecting on what you hope to learn. For any research study, you might start with two or research questions, and develop interview questions that will elicit information that will help you to examine the research questions posed. Here are a few more issues to think about as you develop … Continue reading Tips for formulating interview guides for semi-structured qualitative interviews (Part 2)

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)

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

10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

In the midst of being too busy, sometimes it's useful to relax, and take a few minutes to think about the things for which we are thankful. Here are a few things that I'm thankful for as a qualitative researcher. What about you?  1. There are lots of journals on qualitative methods to read… Check … Continue reading 10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

Moral philosophy and the qualitative researcher

“What’s moral philosophy got to do with me?” you might ask. In fact, various forms of moral philosophy underlie how scientific research is routinely practiced. Let’s look at three moral philosophies, and how they might be used to inform ethical decision-making in the conduct of research. Of course, there are many more approaches to moral … Continue reading Moral philosophy and the qualitative researcher

Visiting the archives

Recently I had the good fortune to visit the National Archives and Library of Congress in Washington DC. Both the National Archives and Library Congress house significant collections of archival materials. For anyone interested in examining historical records pertaining to a topic of interest, a visit to these collections is highly recommended. Where are the … Continue reading Visiting the archives