Teaching qualitative inquiry

Historically, a range of approaches has been used to teach qualitative research methods. This includes approaches in which students learn by “trial and error” in field settings (e.g., one can read accounts in the work of anthropologists of how scholars learned by doing); are “apprenticed” to a senior scholar, and tend to follow the traditions … Continue reading Teaching qualitative inquiry

Considering the ontological properties of a research phenomenon

Recently, I was using a different lens on my camera to take photos around my garden. Although I should not have been too surprised, I was amazed to see just how different things looked through a new lens. What I took to be an "ordinary" piece of moss was hardly recognizable to me when viewed … Continue reading Considering the ontological properties of a research phenomenon

Greeting the new academic year

I have enjoyed a summer that has included time for family, travel, and writing. All this has ended as I have started classes this week. Here are reminders to myself as I head into the new academic year… What are yours? 1. Entertain questions from newcomers who do not have any background to the topics … Continue reading Greeting the new academic year

Navigating the doctoral journey

There are numerous texts that provide a guide for students to how to navigate a doctoral program and how supervisors might work with doctoral students. For example, Pat Thomson and Melanie Walker have edited separate handbooks (2010; 2010) for doctoral students and their supervisors. One recent text by Lene Tanggaard and Charlotte Wegener (2017) provides … Continue reading Navigating the doctoral journey

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

Using Screencasts in Teaching Qualitative Research

In the final course of the graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Qualitative Studies program at the University of Georgia, students learn about best practices for teaching qualitative research. One of the assignments is for students to teach a qualitative research concept of their choice by creating a screencast that could be integrated into a larger lesson … Continue reading Using Screencasts in Teaching Qualitative Research