Researchers are usually familiar with the term “ethnography”, which is a research approach that examines culture through being there. Ethnographers typically embed themselves in settings and observe what is going on. They get to know participants over extended periods of time, use interviews to understand participants’ perspectives about their lives and cultures, and perhaps collect … Continue reading What is Autoethnography?
Recently, I have had two unplanned conversations with individuals who have experienced serious illness from bacterial infections. Like many of you, I’ve also come across media reports about current research that examines the causes of bacterial infections, as well as why there has been a rise in infections that are drug-resistant. In one such article … Continue reading Autobiography of a disease
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
Below I provide introductions to recently published books that teach readers about human experiences from people whose voices have seldom been examined in scholarly literature. In each study, researchers who were not members of the communities examined worked to collaborate with others to tell the stories of people who have frequently been marginalized in academic … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies
Sometimes newcomers to research struggle to define a specific research topic that might be examined. I am doubtful that there is one “right” approach to use in developing a topic of inquiry. However, below are some tips that could help. Deciding on and developing research topics The development of research topics is frequently informed by … Continue reading Ideas for developing a research topic and deciding on a theoretical home
It is always a challenge to decide what books to use when I teach. There are so many to choose from! This is a good problem to have though, and I’m grateful to all those researchers out there who are providing examples of diverse approaches to qualitative inquiry that I can share with my students. … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies to read
There is a huge array of literature on both reading and writing. Rather than provide pages of references, here are some texts that I’ve found helpful. Writing literature reviews Boote, D. N., & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars before researchers: On the centrality of the dissertation literature review in research preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3-15. Wallace, … Continue reading Useful texts on reading and writing
Doing autoethnography means writing a story about oneself, doesn’t it? If that is the case, it should not be hard. Right? In fact, doing autoethnography requires quite a few skills. Among these are: The ability to write evocatively and engagingly. Keen skills for research. This involves doing fieldwork and research in the library. Fieldwork might … Continue reading Doing autoethnography
Newcomers to qualitative inquiry encounter numerous new terms. There are so many approaches to doing qualitative inquiry. Further, authors frequently use terms in different ways. What are ways to navigate the maze of beginning to learn about qualitative inquiry? First, it helps to build a scaffold, a strategy recommended by Michael Crotty (1998). In qualitative … Continue reading Getting started with qualitative inquiry
In the United States, a new academic year is beginning. Here are two recent ethnographies that might be helpful in teaching qualitative research methods.