Reflexivity in qualitative research

This week's guest blogger is Luis R. Alvarez-Hernandez. Luis is a social work Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Georgia and a Doctoral Minority Fellow with the Council on Social Work Education. His research focuses on the wellbeing of Latinx, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities, with a particular attention to the experiences of people living at the … Continue reading Reflexivity in qualitative research

Exploring phenomenology

Much qualitative research is based on fundamental assumptions of phenomenology, even though this may not be acknowledged by researchers. Unfortunately, novice researchers sometimes assume that this means that any research study that examines human experience is “phenomenology.” Not so. There are many forms of phenomenological inquiry inspired by different philosophical strands of thought. Melissa Freeman’s … Continue reading Exploring phenomenology

“Theory” and “grounded theory”

Conducting a “true” grounded theory (if there such a thing) in which the researcher develops a “grounded theory” about a topic is very challenging. As originally construed by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss (1967), a grounded theory study attends to theoretical sampling, along with simultaneous data collection and analysis. Studies often involve larger numbers of … Continue reading “Theory” and “grounded theory”

Introduction to Grounded Theory

This week, guest blogger Dr. Donna Governor provides a screencast that introduces grounded theory research. Dr. Governor is an assistant professor in the Middle Grades, Secondary and Science Education Department at the University of North Georgia. Her research interests are preservice teacher education, STEM education, informal science education. To view, click here: Introduction to grounded … Continue reading Introduction to Grounded Theory

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